The 2024 New Orleans Carnival season starts on Saturday, Jan. 6, and concludes on Mardi Gras, Tuesday Feb. 13.
This advance preview of the Orleans Parish parades is based on customary dates and times and will be updated if changes occur.
Joan of Arc
Saturday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., French Quarter
Joan of Arc led an army during the Hundred Years War. She also leads the charge into Carnival. Established in 2008, the annual parade is a birthday party for the martyred 15th-century, teenage warrior woman, who is the patron saint of New Orleans. That's her riding the golden horse on Decatur Street.
Blending history, anachronism, feminism, Crescent City cultural identity, marvelous costuming and a touch of Mardi Gras madness, the Joan of Arc parade is a must-see season starter.
For more information, visit the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc website.
Phunny Phorty Phellows
Friday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., St. Charles streetcar route
Phormed in 1981, the Phunny Phorty Phellows is a rolling costume party that takes place aboard a St. Charles Avenue Streetcar. Not a parade per se, the Champagne-fueled, satirical streetcar ride draws a crowd at its starting spot at the Willow Street Car barn, as it heralds the start of the Carnival season in Uptown New Orleans.
The group takes its name from a bygone Carnival Club that marched from 1878 to 1898. For more information, visit the PPP website.
Funky Uptown Krewe
Friday, Jan. 6, 7:05 p.m., St. Charles streetcar route
Established in 2019, the streetcar-borne Mardi Gras group, which is devoted to one of New Orleans best-loved musical styles, rolls behind the Phunny Phorty Phellows’ annual streetcar ride on the first day of Carnival.
Krewe members dispense hand-decorated, vinyl record albums from the windows of the streetcar. For more information, visit the FUK Facebook page.
Les Fous du Carnaval
Jan. 19, 8 p.m., Marigny and French Quarter
Founded in 2022, the 100-person parade is composed of the marching clubs Flora and Fauna, the Goddesses, and the Hellarious Wingnuts - accompanied by brass bands. The parade kicks off at the intersection of Chartres and Frenchman streets, proceeds to Royal Street where it turns left, then left again onto St. Philip Street, and right onto Decatur Street, concluding at Jackson Square.
For more information, visit the krewe’s Facebook page.
Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus
Saturday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Marigny-French Quarter
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a nerd-friendly, science fiction-oriented, foot parade named for Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, and Chewbacca, the furry "Star Wars" sidekick.
The assorted aliens, space heroes, robots, monsters, and cosmic musicians of Chewbacchus first hit the streets in 2011. With annual dues, starting at a mere $42, the do-it-yourself krewe grew to become what may be Carnival’s largest marching club, with 2000-plus members.
For more extraterrestrial information, visit the Chewbacchus website.
Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Marigny - French Quarter
The mostly female krewe was inspired by absinthe, a formerly outlawed liqueur favored by Belle Époque artists, which is reputed to have hallucinatory properties. The dreamy Boheme parade sashayed through the downtown streets for the first time in 2019, led by their languid mascot, a green absinthe fairy -- imagine an Art Nouveau Tinker Bell that follows the Grateful Dead.
For further elucidation, visit the krewe’s Facebook page.
Krewe du Vieux
Saturday, Jan.27, 6:30 p.m., Marigny - French Quarter
Expect paper mache sexual allusions and political satire aplenty from this procession of costumed marchers, mule-drawn mini floats, and spirited brass bands. Established in 1987, Krewe du Vieux is known for the sort of recklessly adolescent humor that sensible, sensitive folks avoid. Which is why the rest of us wouldn’t miss it.
For more information visit the KDV Facebook page.
Sunday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., Marigny
Inspired by the shoe box parades traditionally created by New Orleans school kids during Carnival season, 'tit Rex (Little Rex) was founded in 2009 as an antidote to the lavish, big-footprint krewes such as Bacchus. Pronounced like the fierce dinosaur, the satirical do-it-yourself procession may be small, but it can have a big bite. Get there early for a good view.
For the smallest details visit the 'tit Rex website.
Sunday, Jan. 28, 6:45 p.m., Marigny - French Quarter
For its first 12 years, krewedelusion, one of Mardi Gras' most eccentric, eclectic parades, followed immediately behind Krewe du Vieux through most of its trek on Saturday night, but in 2023 the parade was moved to Sunday.
Expect homemade min-floats, dance troupes, and marching groups including the Mexican Krewe de Mayahuel and Kreweleidoscope (formerly Krewe du Seuss).
For more information, consult the krewedelusion Facebook page.
Krewe of Nefertiti
Sunday, Jan. 28 (date uncertain), 1 p.m., New Orleans East
Premiering in 2020, the all-female brought Carnival parading back to the neighborhoods of New Orleans East for the first time since the Krewe of Minerva ceased parading there in 1992. Named for the legendary leader of ancient Egypt, the float parade rolls along Lake Forest and Read boulevards.
For more information on these queens of the Nile visit the krewe website.
Krewe of Cork
Friday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., French Quarter
The rambling Royal Street foot procession is dedicated to sipping and sloshing vino, while sharing custom-made beads and other throws.
For a few more sips of information and route map, visit the Krewe of Cork website.
Krewe of Oshun
Friday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
In its 24th year, the Krewe of Oshun is named for the Yoruba goddess of love and intimacy. The peacock is the krewe’s symbol, and hand-decorated fans are its signature throw.
For more information visit the krewe Facebook page.
Krewe of Cleopatra
Friday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Named for the legendary Queen of the Nile, the all-female parade began rolling in 1972, previously on the West Bank.
For more information, visit the krewe’s website.
Krewe of ALLA
Friday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
The Krewe of ALLA first rolled in 1932. The krewe's title is a pun, based on the parade's original location in the Algiers neighborhood of the West Bank: AL for Algiers and LA for Louisiana. Riders toss hand-decorated Genie Lamps.
For more information visit the krewe’s website.
Legion of Mars
Saturday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Named for the Roman god of war, the Legion of Mars Carnival krewe was founded 10 years ago by combat veterans to honor people who have served in the military and civilian first responders. It previously rolled as part of the Krewe of ALLA and the Krewe of Freret parades, but in 2023 became a parade of its own.
For more information, visit the Legion of Mars website.
Mars is the first of a six-parade lineup that begins before noon and lasts into the night.
Krewe of Pontchartrain
Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Established in 1975, the parade once rolled in New Orleans East, along its namesake lake. Look for the signature floats titled Super Grouper and Mr. Mudbug and occasionally celebrity grand marshals, such as composer Allan Toussaint, actor Red Buttons, baseball star Will Clark, singer Irma Thomas, and rocker Dee Snider.
For more information visit the Krewe of Pontchartrain website.
Krewe of Choctaw
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
The parade, which has a Native American theme, first rolled on the West Bank in 1939, using 10 former U.S. mail wagons as floats. In 2013 Choctaw began parading on St. Charles Avenue. Look for the krewe’s signature hand-decorated wooden tomahawks.
For details of the parade visit the Krewe of Choctaw website.
Krewe of Freret
Saturday, Feb. 3, 3:30 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Founded in 2011 by a handful of Loyola University grads, the Krewe of Freret is devoted to Carnival traditions and New Orleans’ musical heritage, as the enormous, animated Trombone Shorty float attests. Hand-decorated masks are the group’s signature throw.
In 2022, the Krewe of Freret welcomed members of the newly formed, all-female Krewe of Themis to its parade lineup. Themis, which is inspired by the Greek goddess of justice, broke away from the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, which was once arguably the largest Carnival parade.
For more information visit the KOF website.
Spartan Society (formerly Knights of Sparta)
Saturday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Formerly known as the Knights of Sparta parade, the krewe adopted the new title in 2022, when the formerly all-male krewe was joined by the Mystical Order of the Phoenix, founded in 2020 by 10 former members of the all-female krewe of Nyx.
For more information visit the Knights of Sparta website. The traditional, flambeaux-lit parade, which first rolled in 1981, is named for the mighty Greek warrior state.
Krewe of Pygmalion
Saturday, Feb. 3, 6:15 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Formed in 2000, the krewe reveres King Pygmalion from Greek mythology, a sculptor who fell in love with his own ivory statue of a nymph, which subsequently came to life.
For more information, visit the Krewe of Pygmalion Facebook page.
Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale
Sunday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Founded in 2013, the parade is composed of female riders that toss collectible hand-decorated compact mirrors that are meant to symbolize “a constant inward and outward reflection.”
For more information visit the Femme Fatale Facebook page.
Krewe of Carrollton
Sunday, Feb. 4, noon, St. Charles Avenue route
Formed in 1924 by a group of Oak Street businessmen, the all-male Krewe of Carrollton is New Orleans’ fourth-oldest parading organization. According to the krewe website its floats were originally built on the chassis of garbage wagons, and it was the first to employ tractors to pull floats instead of mules. Throws include hand-decorated shrimp boots.
To see more of the krewe’s history visit the Krewe of Carrollton website.
Knights of King Arthur
Sunday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
Formed in 1977, the co-ed Knights of King Arthur began as a West Bank parade that rolled with borrowed Krewe of Choctaw floats. The krewe moved to the Uptown route in 2001. Parade fans vie for glittery Holy Grails tossed from 40-plus floats.
For more legendary information visit the King Arthur website.
Krewe of Barkus
Sunday, Feb. 4, 2 p.m., French Quarter
An annual 15-block procession of costumed canines. The concept for the Krewe of Barkus dog parade first came about at a meeting of television meteorologist Margaret Orr fan club.
To snoop around for more information and a map, visit the Barkus website.
Mystic Krewe of Druids
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:15 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
The krewe, composed of mysterious representatives of an ancient Celtic sect, debuted in 1998. Expect flourishes of social satire.
Mystic Krewe of Nyx
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:45 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route
The all-female group, devoted to the goddess of night, first rolled in 2012 and rapidly rose to superkrewe status with almost 3,500 members.
A well-publicized controversy and large-scale membership walkout in summer 2020 reduced ridership to 240 members.
The Nyx Sisters, as riders are known, toss hand-decorated purses.
For more information, visit the Nyx website.
Knights of Babylon
Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route