Storms in the New Orleans area may have cancelled one parade, but the Mardi Gras parades for the krewes of Babylon and Muses rolled on, delighting revelers on the rain-soaked Uptown parade route on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019.  

The Knights of Babylon were found in 1939, by a group of professionals called The Jester’s Club. Their goal: to stage a first-class parade that would delight the public. Babylon is a firm believer in tradition and uses floats with the same designs as were used more than seventy years ago. What’s more, they still have flambeaux lighting the parade and their king’s float is drawn by a mule. Each float in the Knights of Babylon parade is a chapter in a rich history that only gets more fascinating with time.

Organized in 2000, the Krewe of Muses is named after the legendary daughters of Zeus. In Greek mythology, muses were patrons of the arts and sciences, as well as sources of inspiration for artists, poets, philosophers, and musicians.

See highlights from the parades below.