Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I love a parade

Are you are wondering what is on our plate for the upcoming Mardi Gras madness? Here is our tentative schedule for the parades and events we will attend.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009
Babylon - Uptown, 5:45 p.m. Website for Babylon
Muses - Uptown, 6:15 p.m. Website for Muses
Chaos - Uptown, 6:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Hermes - Uptown, 6 p.m. Website for Hermes
d'Etat - Uptown, 6 p.m. Website for d'Etat
Morpheus - Uptown, 7 p.m. Website for Morpheus

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009
Endymion - Mid-City, 4:15 p.m. Website for Endymion

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009
Thoth - Uptown, Noon a.m.
Bacchus - Uptown, 5:15 p.m.

LUNDI GRAS, FEBRUARY 23, 2009
Zulu Lundi Gras Festival - French Quarter, 10 am

MARDI GRAS, FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Zulu - Uptown, 8 a.m. Website for Zulu
Rex - Uptown, 10 a.m Website for Rex
Mardi Gras Indians - 2nd and Dryades streets, morning

As you can see, we are attending a ton of parades on Thursday and Friday. This is because these parades are sequential along the same route, and it is just easier to stay and watch all of them then to try and leave in the middle. The parades often run late or are disorderly, and it can be difficult to "plan" when to show up for a parade. Colin and I usually show up when the parades are supposed to start, which means we are about half an hour early. On Saturday we plan on going to Endymion, which is the only parade we attend that follows the mid-city route. We really had a good time at Endymion last year, probably because people in mid city were so happy to be able to see the parade along its traditional route. (for three years post Katrina, Endymion was re-routed along the Uptown parade path). On Lundi Gras we will probably stop by the Zulu festival, which has music and food, and then stick around the riverfront to see the arrival of the court of Rex by barge.

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