Mardi Gras Parades 2013- New Orleans and Mobile

January 24, 2013

World culture/events

Mardi Gras Parades 2013

Mardi Gras is celebrated in Mobile, Alabama,  New Orleans and other  U.S. Gulf Coast cities.

New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades 2013

Mardi Gras 2013 is Tuesday, February 12

New Orleans -Home of the largest Mardi Gras Celebrations

New Orleans Skyline

Some Orleans Parish parades that would have normally been scheduled for the weekend of of February 1 and earlier have been moved back one week to account for the Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013.

Orleans Parish parades (City of New Orleans)

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Joan of Arc 6:00 p.m.
Phunny Phorty Phellows 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Krewe du Vieux 6:30 p.m. French Quarter
French Quarter Krewe Delusion after Krewe du Vieux French Quarter

Friday, January 25, 2013
Krewe of Cork 3:00 p.m. French Quarter
Krewe of Oshun 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Cleopatra 6:30 p.m. Uptown

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Krewe of Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m. Uptown
Uptown Krewe of Choctaw 2:00 p.m. Uptown
Uptown Krewe of ‘tit Rex 5:00 p.m. Marigny
Marigny Krewe of Sparta 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Pygmalion 6:45 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Chewbacchus 8:00 p.m Marigny

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Krewe of Carrollton Noon Uptown
Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin 1:15 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Barkus 2:00 p.m French Quarter

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Krewe of Druids 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Nyx 7:00 p.m. Uptown

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Krewe of Babylon 5:45 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Chaos 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Muses 6:30 p.m Uptown

Friday, February 8, 2013
Krewe of Hermes 6:00 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of D’Etat 6:30 p.m. Uptown
Krewe of Morpheus 7:00 p.m. Uptown

Saturday, February 9, 2013
Krewe of Iris 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Krewe of Tucks Noon Uptown
Krewe of Endymion 4:15 p.m Mid-City

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Krewe of Okeanos 11:00 a.m. Uptown
Krewe of Mid-City 11:45 a.m. Uptown
Krewe of Thoth Noon Uptown
Krewe of Bacchus 5:15 p.m. Uptown

Monday, February 11, 2013
Krewe of Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Krewe of Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Krewe of Zulu 8:00 a.m. Uptown
Krewe of Rex 10:00 a.m. Uptown
Krewe of Elks Orleans after Rex Uptown
Krewe of Crescent City after Elks Orleans Uptown

Parade Cams
ParadeCam with live coverage of New Orleans’ Uptown Mardi Gras parades.

Full ParadeCam Schedule:

Friday, Jan. 25
6 p.m. – Oshun
6:30 p.m. – Cleopatra

Saturday, Jan. 26
1 p.m. – Pontchartrain
2 p.m. – Choctaw
6 p.m. – Sparta
6:45 p.m. – Pygmalion

Sunday, Jan. 27
Noon – Carollton
1:15 p.m. – King Arthur

Wednesday, Feb. 6
6:30 p.m. – Druids
7 p.m. – Nyx

Thursday, Feb. 7
5:45 p.m. – Babylon
6:30 p.m. – Chaos
6:30 p.m. – Muses

Friday, Feb. 8
6 p.m. – Hermes
6:30 p.m. – d’Etat
7 p.m. – Morpheus

Saturday, Feb. 9
11 a.m. – Iris
Noon – Tucks

Sunday, Feb. 10
11 a.m. – Okeanos
11:45 a.m. – Mid-City
Noon – Thoth
5:15 – Bacchus

Monday, Feb. 11
5:15 p.m. – Proteus
6 p.m. – Orpheus

Mardi Gras Day
Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12
10 a.m. – Rex and Trucks Parade

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Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Krewe of Rex

Krewe of Bacchus

Mardi Gras Indians

Krewe of Endymion

Mobile Mardi Gras Parades 2013

Mobile- Site of the first Mardi Gras in the South

Mobile Alabama

Mobile County (City of Mobile)

Mobile County -Alabama Mardi Gras Parades Schedule

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Mardi Gras History
The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies.

On March 2, 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived at a plot of ground 60 miles directly south of New Orleans, naming it “Pointe du Mardi Gras” when his men realized it was the eve of that festive holiday. Bienville also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” (which is now Mobile) in 1702. In 1703, the tiny settlement of Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America’s very first Mardi Gras.

In 1704, Mobile established a secret society (Masque de la Mobile), similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. It lasted until 1709. In 1710, the “Boeuf Gras Society” was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. The procession was held with a huge bull’s head pushed alone on wheels by 16 men–later, Rex would parade with an actual bull, draped in white and signaling the coming Lenten meat fast. This occurred on Fat Tuesday.

New Orleans was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls–the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today.

The earliest reference to Mardi Gras “Carnival” appears in a 1781 report to the Spanish colonial governing body. That year, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of clubs and carnival organizations formed in New Orleans. Mardi G

By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslight torches, or “flambeaux,” lit the way for the krewe’s members, and lent each event an exciting air of romance and festivity. In 1856, six young Mobile natives formed the Mistick Krewe of Comus, invoking John Milton’s hero Comus to represent their organization. Comus brought magic and mystery to New Orleans, with dazzling floats (known as tableaux cars) and masked balls. Krewe members remained anonymous, and to this day, Comus still rides!

In 1870, Mardi Gras’ second “Krewe,” the Twelfth Night Revelers, was formed, with the first account of Mardi Gras “throws”.

Newspapers began to announce Mardi Gras events in advance, and even printed “Carnival Edition” lithographs of parades’ fantastic float designs (after they rolled, of course–themes and floats were always carefully guarded before the procession). At first, these reproductions were small and detail could not be clearly seen; but beginning in 1886 with Proteus’ parade “Visions of Other Worlds,” these chromolithographs could be produced in full, saturated color, doing justice to the float and costume designs of Carlotta Bonnecase, Charles Briton and B.A. Wikstrom. Each of these designers’ work was brought to life by talented Parisian paper-mache’ artist Georges Soulie’, who for forty years was responsible for creating all of Carnival’s floats and processional outfits.

1872 was the year that a group of businessmen invented a King of Carnival–Rex–to preside over the first daytime parade. Honoring visiting Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff, they introduced his family colors of purple, green and gold as Carnival’s official colors. Purple stands for justice; gold for power; and green for faith. This was also the Mardi Gras season that Carnival’s improbable anthem, “If Ever I Cease to Love,” was cemented, due in part to the Duke’s fondness for the tune.

In 1873, floats began to be constructed entirely in New Orleans instead of France, culminating with Comus’ magnificent “The Missing Links to Darwin’s Origin of Species,” in which exotic paper-mache’ animal costumes served as the basis for Comus to mock both Darwin’s theory and local officials, including Governor Henry Warmoth. In 1875, Governor Warmoth signed the “Mardi Gras Act,” making Fat Tuesday a legal holiday in Louisiana, which it still is.

Like Comus and the Twelfth Night Revelers, most Mardi Gras krewes today developed from private social clubs with restrictive membership policies.


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