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February 23: Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans mapped

Three parades are rolling on Thursday evening

New Orleans Lets The Good Times Roll At Mardi Gras Celebration
The who, what, when, and where of Thursday’s Mardi Gras parades.
Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Mardi Gras day is five days away and parades are rolling non-stop until Tuesday, February 28. Yesterday, February 22, two parades rolled through uptown New Orleans: The Krewe of Druids and the Krewe of Nyx. Last weekend, during All-Star weekend, over 15 parades rolled through the New Orleans metro area.

Throughout the weeks of carnival, different Krewes that roll throughout several neighborhoods of the city, including Uptown, French Quarter and the Marigny. This weekend, some of the largest krewes—a.k.a super krewes—are expected to roll through New Orleans, including Orpheus, Thoth, Zulu, and Endymion, which is the only Krewe that rolls through Mid-City.

Here is a list, map and synopses of the three parades set to run in New Orleans this evening, throughout the Uptown and French Quarter, neighborhoods.

Note: If you haven’t already, now would be a great time to check out the the Curbed NOLA’s Mardi Gras bingo card, which may add some challenge to casual parade watching.

The Route

The Krewes

The Knights of Babylon - 5:30 p.m.

Founded in 1939, the Knights of Babylon is founded on the idea of staging first class parades and first class tableau balls through the Mardi Gras season. As part of tradition, the theme and King of the The Knights of Babylon are kept secret until Babylon begins to roll.

The Knights of Chaos - 6:15 p.m.

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The Krewe of Chaos is a parading organization formed by 200 male riders. Similarly to the Knights of Babylon, the theme of the parade is kept secret until the parade rolls on the Thursday before Mardi Gras.

The Krewe of Muses - 6:30 p.m.

Muses, the all female Krewe named after the nine muses in Greek Mythology, began parading in 2001. With over 1000 riding members, the Krewe of Muses is founded notion of tapping into the inner artist of members of the New Orleans community. As a result, one of Muses most prized throws is a meticulously hand-decorated shoe.

How to get there

For Mardi Gras parades, walking or biking is always your best bet. Thursday’s parades are easily accessible from the Uptown, Garden District, Touro, Milan and French Quarter neighborhoods, though the bulk of the parade is on St. Charles Avenue.

Currently, New Orleans is demoing its social bike share program, with the last day being Today, February 23, which mean several bikes may be available to rent before, during, and after the parade.

Driving is also a possibility, but parking is likely to be limited close by the parade route. If you do decide to drive, be sure to be up to date on New Orleans parking enforcement.