Carnival Time On The Northshore
We have made it to a New Year and now it's time to shift gears and get ready for Mardi Gras! If you haven't experienced a true New Orleans Mardi Gras, I highly recommend a trip to the Big Easy to see what it is all about. Once you have done that, don't miss out on the many Northshore parades in our own communities! We have plenty to choose from!
Sat, FEB 11
Krewe of Bilge
Slidell – 12pm
Theme: Festivals & Holidays
Boat parade. Founded in 1978 by a few local residents who costumed and decorated their boats to parade along the canals of the Eden Isles subdivision, the krewe now boasts over 400 members. Starts at Marina Café on Harbor Dr. and The Dock of Slidell, visit website for route.
Krewe of Poseidon
Slidell – 1pm
Theme: Myths and Legends
Co-ed krewe founded in 2015 with 445 riders and 24 floats. Starts at the intersection of Berkley Street and Spartan Drive, and follows a route northwest to Highway 11, northeast to Hwy 190, and east through town just past the intersection of 190 and Kensington Boulevard.
Krewe of Mona Lisa & MoonPie
Slidell – 7pm
Theme: Mona Plays Games
Founded in 1984, this 200+ member walking group with the signature Moonpie throw features costumed marchers, dancing clubs, brass bands, and an eclectic mix of grocery carts, bicycles, and rickshaws. Mona marches from Robert St. through Olde Towne along Cleveland, Second, Erlanger and First, ending at the 200 block of Carey Street with a free street party. All are invited.
Sun, FEB 12
Krewe of Slidellians
Slidell – 1pm
Theme: Memories of Days Gone By - Classic TV
Founded in 1947, the Slidell Women's Civic Club was formed to foster community service in eastern St. Tammany Parish and is open to the community for riders and sponsorships. The Krewe of Slidellians kicks off the Mardi Gras season in Slidell. Parades along Pontchartrain Dr. from Spartan Dr. to Hwy. 11, then along Front St. to Gause Blvd. and ending at Lindberg Dr.
Mystic Krewe of Perseus
Slidell – 1:30pm
Theme: They All Aks’d for You
Founded in 1970, Perseus hosts a thirteen-float parade with riders donning his or her own handmade costume. The Krewe’s 170 members throw hand-decorated plastic crabs, crab beads, slap bracelets, and cups. Route loads up at Fritchie Park and begins at Salmen High School. Immediately follows Slidellians’ parade.
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club
Pearl River – 1pm
Theme: Geaux Louisiana
Founded in 1953, the popular day parade begins at Pearl River High School and continues south on Highway 41, turning left at the light onto Hwy. 3081 and ending at the Pearl River Town Hall on Willis Alley. Supports the LA Lions Eye Foundation and Crippled Children’s Camp and hosts an annual senior citizens’ dinner for the town.
Fri, FEB 17
Krewe of Eve
Mandeville – 7pm
Theme: Eve on Broadway
The popular all-women krewe founded in 1985 rolls beautifully decorated Blaine Kern floats and over 350 members in elaborately decorated sweatshirts. The parade features an annual competition of local and out-of-state marching bands, fireworks, bubbles, and lots of throws for a fun family night. Starts near the junction of Hwy 22 and US 190 and follows W. Causeway Approach above Monroe St., crosses 190 and ends on E. Causeway Appr.
Sat, FEB 18
Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne
Slidell – 10am
Theme: Life is a Furry Tail
Slidell’s Krewe for Canines donates any proceeds to its Olde Towne parade to various local animal-loving non-profit organizations.
Krewe of Push Mow
Abita Springs – 11am
Theme: Dollar Store Dumpster Discoveries
Dozens of humorously themed homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, take part in this rousing cruise through the heart of town. Starts at Abita Town Hall, following Level St. to Magnolia, Main St., Leveson and back to Town Hall for a party immediately afterward. Roads leading into Abita Springs close at 10am.
Krewe of Tchefuncte
Madisonville – 1pm
Theme: Broadway comes to Madisonville
The colorful boats-only floating parade founded in 1973 cruises the Tchefuncte River, starting at Salty’s Marina, then heads downriver and turns around to dock on both the north and south sides of the Hwy 22 bridge. King Neptune’s Marching Society precedes the boat parade by marching down Water Street to the reviewing stand.
Krewe of Olympia
Covington – 6pm
Theme: Three Hundred Thirsty Thespians
Founded in 1965, this 300-member Krewe is the oldest in St. Tammany. Keeping the identity of King Zeus a secret until the parade, members ride on floats, trucks and horses interspersed with marching bands from across the Northshore. Starts in front of St. Tammany Parish Justice Center on Columbia St. and follows a route along Hwy 21/Boston St. to Jefferson, 15th, Tyler, W. 23rd and back through downtown again.
Mystic Krewe of Titans
Slidell – 6:30pm
Theme: Rolling Through the 70’s
Comprised of 325 members, Titans was established in 2010 by a group of Carnival veterans who wanted to bring the merriment of Mardi Gras to the streets of Slidell in a high-quality, family-oriented, nighttime parade. The only co-ed krewe that parades at night. Starts in Fritchie Park.
Sun, FEB 19
Krewe of Dionysus
Slidell – 1pm
Theme: Fraternity Days
The krewe's 250+ members celebrate Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, the god of wine. Parading through the streets of Slidell since 1985, it begins on Spartan Drive at Fritchie Park and travels to Pontchartrain Drive.
Fri, Feb 24
Krewe of Selene
Slidell – 6:30pm
Theme: Do You Believe in Magic?
Founded in 1998, this 400-member krewe is named for the ancient Greek godess of the moon, Selene, lover of Endymion, the god of eternal youth and fertility. Lighted wands are a signature throw. Traditional Slidell route.
Original Krewe of Orpheus
Mandeville – 7pm
Theme: Let's Make Mandeville Great Again
The all-male krewe parades through the streets of Mandeville on floats illuminated by LEDs and street effects, with 6-7 different throws including beads, lighted items and signature medallions. OKO’s official call and response of the hearty Krewe is: "HAIL ORPHEUS" "HAIL YES."
Sat, FEB 25
Krewe of Bush
Bush – 9am
Fun parade of trucks, boats, floats, horses and ATV's held on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. Free for your krewe to ride, roll or walk - bring your own throws and line up by 8:30am. Begins at Hwy 41 & Watts Thomas Rd.
MARDI GRAS DAY- FEB 28
Krewe of Covington Lions Club
Covington – 10am
The Covington Lions Club has brought the celebration of Mardi Gras to downtown Covington since 1959. Follows the same route as the Krewe of Olympia.
Mystic Krewe of Covington
Theme: Childhood Memories
Founded in 1951 by the Knights of Columbus, this krewe was once called the “Krewe of KaaCee.”
Krewe of Chahta
Lacombe – 1pm
Theme: Spirit of the Wind
Named for Chahta-Ima High School, which many of the founding members attended and which itself is named for St. Tammany’s founding father, Fr. Adrien Rouquette, is comprised of floats, cars, marching units and horse groups. Starts at the Morocco Room and follows US 190 north to 17th Street, Fish Hatchery Rd., and ends at Lacombe Nursing Home. Founded in 1989.
Krewe of Folsom
Folsom – 2pm
Theme: Through the Decades - 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's
This eclectic krewe parades decorating floats, vintage autos, trucks and tractors, ATVs, RVs, horses and horse-drawn wagons. Starts and ends at Magnolia Park at 13296 LA-40 near Olive St. and follows to Cleveland, along Hwy. 25 to Jackson St. and back.
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Mandeville – 2 pm
Theme: Under the Big Top: Benefit for Ian Somerhalder Foundation
Held one week AFTER Mardi Gras, dogs sashay in costume along the Mandeville lakefront in this fun parade that raises funds for area animal agencies. Founded in 1999.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
**Dates and times are subject to change.
Author: Christopher Miguez
January 13th 2017
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