Mardi Gras is Finally Here!
It’s Carnival Time! The long wait is finally over. Christmas Trees are resting in the marsh, tinsel and pine-scented wreaths are swapping places with tricolor flags and Mardi Gras masks, and best of all — bakeries are filling their shelves with king cakes, the perennial favorite treat of casual revelers and fully-committed masqueraders alike.
We’ve got some rooms available in the home stretch of February 5th through February 10th, and some in the dates preceding as well. Frenchmen Street is the place to be, and as the parades pass and the parties begin there’s really nowhere like it in on earth.
Take a look at the schedule of festivities in the French Quarter below and give us a call to book your room today!
January 6th, 7:00pm
Krewe of Joan of Arc
The Joan of Arc parade is an annual walking parade to celebrate St Joan of Arc’s birthday and Epiphany. The procession is inspired by Joan’s time in France in the 1400s, where she liberated the citizens of Orleans, France from British siege. Parade goers can be found dressed in gold, with plenty of king cake to share!
January 23rd, 6:30pm
Krewe de Vieux
Born of the remains of the Krewe of Clones, which began parading in 1978, Krewe du Vieux marched for the first time in 1987. When the Krewe of Clones decided to become more respectable, Craig "Spoons" Johnson and Don Marshall decided to keep the parade's original raucous, art-inspired spirit alive in the Krewe du Vieux Carre (“Vieux Carre," which means "Old Square," refers to the French Quarter).
At first, the ragtag krewe had 16 subkrewes, and a collection of mule-drawn or hand-pulled handmade floats. But by 2001, KdV had its first title float, and its membership was growing. The numerous subkrewes meet in the "Den of Muses," a warehouse space, to bring together their costumes and floats. In 2006, KdV was the first parade to march post-Katrina, and garnered national attention for its tenacity and lightheartedness in the face of tragedy. That year's theme was "C'est Levee."
Krewe du Vieux is noted for wild satire, adult themes, and political comedy, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and jazz bands in New Orleans.
January 29th, 3:00pm
Krewe of Cork
Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Cork has grown into a world-famous Mardi Gras and wine industry phenomenon. Krewe members gather on selected Fridays, usually the first Friday of each month, at restaurants throughout the area for T.G.I.C.D. (Thank Goodness It's Cork Day).
The krewe's two main events of the year are its Mardi Gras parade day festivities, and participation in the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Royal Street Stroll. Throughout the year, the Krewe of Cork invites members to wine dinners and other special occasions, such as road trips and wine tastings.
"We celebrate Wine! Food! Fun!" says King Patrick van Hoorebeek.
January 31st, 2:00pm
Krewe of Barkus
The Krewe Of Barkus isn’t like your other Mardi Gras Parade. This one has gone to the dogs. Man’s best friend is the center of this parade through the streets of the French Quarter with their humans simply as their escorts.
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus was first created in November 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr (WDSU-TV Weather Anchor) Fan Club held at Good Friends Bar. Thomas Wood brought his dog "Jo Jo McWood," but people complained about the dog's neurotic ways while in the meeting. Thomas decided to make Jo Jo McWood the Queen of her own parade and captain-for-life, as a way to get back at them. Thus, the Krewe of Barkus was born!
Barkus is a real, licensed Mardi Gras Krewe. Your dog can be part of the celebration, registration information is available on their website and on the day of the event. For humans, there is a Barkus Royal Ball.
Their theme this year is a fun one, "DogZilla: Barkus Licks the Crescent City."
For a complete list of Mardi Gras events, Parades, and More click here.
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