Krewes kickoff Mardi Gras in the French Quarter This Weekend

Mardi Gras season has arrived, and with it comes French Quarter crowd favorites—Krewe du Vieux and Krewe Delusion. Known for their satirical themes and adult content, these parades showcase some of the best live music around while krewe members parade through the Quarter. Krewe du Vieux begins Saturday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. with Krewe Delusion following around 7:15 p.m.

The parades don’t have giant floats like the more traditional parades, but they do have a few smaller mule-drawn floats interspersed through the parade. Usually, the floats poke fun at local politics or customs—and have been known to be bawdy. The floats are handmade and decorated by the subkrewes.

Krewe du Vieux chooses its monarch each year as a New Orleanian who has a notable influence in local culture such as artists, musicians, and writers.

Krewe Delusion’s ruler this year will be internationally known Burlesque producer and star Trixie Minx. The Krewe, on a mission to “save the universe,” encourages members to only throw recyclable items or items made of mostly naturally materials.  

After their parade, Krewe Delusion hosts the Bedlam Ball at the Den of Delusion on the corner of St Ferdinand Street, where the parade will begin and end. The event kicks off at 9 p.m. costs $10 at the door and open to the public.  

The  Krewe du Vieux Doo also takes place after the parades, at  9 p.m. at the Civic Theater with live music from Kirk Joseph, The Change Markers, and special guest James “12” Andrew—and late night music by Gravy. Tickets are $40, available from Krewe members.

Join us in the French Quarter festivities, but you may want to leave the kids at home this time. 

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