Mardi Gras today: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 in Local Issues

By Times-Picayune Staff
February 14, 2010, 1:00AM

Uptown Mardi Gras parades:

Ted Jackson / The Times-PicayuneSuper Bowl XLIV MVP Drew Brees will reign as Bacchus. Babylon, 10:15 a.m.

Iconic local designer Henri Schindler envisions Babylon’s classic papier mache floats.

* Did you know: Babylon’s mule-drawn king’s float evokes a nearly forgotten era of Mardi Gras history.
* The Knights of Babylon, founded in 1939, will celebrate 71 years of history this season with a 20-float procession carrying more than 200 riders from Uptown to Downtown. Babylon’s theme is kept under wraps until parade time, and the name of its masked king is never revealed.
* Collectors of Mardi Gras throws are expected to line the route in droves, in quest of Babylon’s exclusive jester heads and hats, Knights of Babylon backpacks, Knights of Babylon lighted disc necklaces, soft baseballs, cups and doubloons.

Okeanos, 11 a.m.

* This clever group matched the theme to the day.
* Did you know: Watch for the Cajun Indian Riding Club.
* With a theme appropriate for Valentine’s Day, the 250 members of Okeanos will ask the question, “Will You Be Mine?” as their 2010 theme.
* Ten bands and 10 marching groups will be in the mix, as will the Cajun Indian Riding Club.
* Look for krewe beads, stuffed animals, footballs and Frisbees to fly through the air to the waiting crowds.

Mid-City, 11:45 a.m.

* Did you know: Mid-City, which originated 77 years ago in the neighborhood for which it is named, now parades Uptown.
* This krewe was the first to use colorful aluminum foil in its float designs.
* “Mid-City Gets Lucky” is the 2010 theme of this historic New Orleans krewe, which originated in the Mid-City neighborhood in 1933. The organization now traverses the traditional Uptown-Downtown route on “Super Sunday.”
* Throws will include Mid-City bags of potato chips, the plush Mid-City Man, fleur de lis beads, footballs, Frisbees, jester hats, “Got Foil?” dice, T-shirts, seven colors of doubloons and cups.

Thoth, Noon

* The 63rd-anniversary version of Thoth’s satirical ride through the Carnival streets promises to be a highlight of the big parade weekend.
* Did you know: Thoth parades past hospitals and retirement homes as a gesture of generosity. That tradition continues this year.
* “Thoth’s All Mixed Up” is the theme of the historic 2010 ride of this Orleans Parish Carnival mainstay organization.
* Thoth’s trek from Uptown to Downtown will also include travels past several hospitals and homes for seniors, bringing much-needed levity to the lives of residents the Sunday before Mardi Gras.
* Riders will throw doubloons of many colors, Valentine-themed plush hearts and beads, plus krewe cups, medallion beads, theme-related plush stuffed olives, hurricane drink glasses and hundreds of thousands of special beads and trinkets in all sizes.

Bacchus, 5:15 p.m.

* Saints quarterback Drew Brees will reign as Bacchus.
* Did you know: This organization was one of the first to have celebrity monarchs.
* Hugely popular Drew Brees will ride in the hugely popular Bacchus parade to cap a sensational Saints season.
* The 1,360 riders will be on floats that carry out the theme “Love Is In The Air.” Look for “Jungle Love,” “Love Those Southern Belles,” “Love Shack,” “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” and “Sweet Sixteen.”
* More than 30 bands will march, including the US Marine Corps Band and the Southern University Band.
* The group parades to the New Orleans Convention Center for a much sought-after party into the wee hours of the night.

Metairie Mardi Gras parade:

Napoleon, 5:30 p.m.

* Corps de Napoleon is named for Napoleon’s troops, called “corps,” a departure from the traditional Greek and Roman Carnival themes.
* Napoleon is known for parading its court in horse-drawn carriages.
* This year’s throws will include doubloons, krewe cups, Frisbees and a variety of Napoleon medallion beads.
* Emperor Napoleon XXX is Ronald Paulin; Empress Josephine XXX is Cindy Paulin.

Regional Mardi Gras parades:

Lions/Dumonde, Noon, Laplace

* This is a parade with a purpose, raising funds for various Lions philanthropies.
* The more than 700 riders of the Lions Club/Krewe duMonde will salute “The Duke” John Wayne when Carnival comes to LaPlace Sunday, Feb. 14. With 31 floats will be the East St. John High School Marching Band and seven other dancing and marching groups.
* The civic-minded group will host a float for children with disabilities. Also look for the Shriners and a variety of throws, including plush lions that will be thrown from the title float.

Des Allemands, 1 p.m., Des Allemands

* Valentine’s Day in the River Parishes will be lovestruck, thanks to the thrill of a parade.
* More than 300 riders will take to the streets on 15 floats.
* Fifteen floats carrying 300 riders will take to the streets of the River Parishes for the annual trek by the fun-loving Krewe of Des Allemands. A number of madcap themes will be carried out by each of the floats, from which riders from throughout the region are expected to throw a wealth of goodies.

Tchefuncte, 2 p.m. Madisonville

* Did you know: This is a boat parade that floats on the Tchefuncte River.
* The king and queen ride on a royal barge.
* The parade will start at Salty’s Marina and head downriver, then turn around and head upriver. The colorfully decorated boats will dock on both the north and south sides of the Highway 22 Bridge.

All information provided by The Times-Picayune’s Mardi Gras section published on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. For copies of the publication, call 826.4650 or 1-800-925-0000.

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