Mardi Gras is officially one day away and parades will be rolling until the end of Tuesday. To kick off Lundi Gras, the day before Mardi Gras, is one of the largest krewes rolling in New Orleans, Orpheus.
The two other super krewes in New Orleans Endymion and Bacchus rolled in the metro area this past weekend. Over the last two weeks, 27 parades rolled through the New Orleans Metro area.
As Mardi Gras day approaches, there are still six more Krewes set to roll in the city. The Krewe of Zulu and the Krewe of Rex are among the largest that roll on Mardi Gras day.
In celebration of super Krewes during Mardi Gras, here is everything you need to know about Monday’s Krewe of Orpheus parade.
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. Here’s a hint: Jesters, flambeaux’s and a special marching band can be found at this parade.
Founded in 1994, and rolling on Lundi Gras, is the Krewe of Orpheus. One of the top three Super Krewes, orpheus was the first super krewe to allow both male and female riders when it first rolled in 1994. Some of the krewe’s most coveted throws include Orpheus medallions, krewe-specific doubloons, and a four foot long dragon.
The Krewe is also known for having celebrity guest on its floats. According to Mardi Gras New Orleans, past celebrity guest included Sandra Bullock, Whoopi Goldberg, Stevie Wonder and Laurence Fishburne.
Fun facts to know
- The Krewe is named after the mythological mortal, Orpheus, the son of Apollo and the muse Calliope. Orpheus was a gifted musician that had the power, with his musical lyre, to even persuade figures in the Underworld.
- The Krewe has 1,300 male and female riders.
- One of the most notable floats is the Steam Locomotive float, which is eight units long.
How to get there
For Mardi Gras parades, walking or biking is always your best bet. Monday’s parade is easily accessible from the Uptown, Touro, Garden District, CBD and French Quarter neighborhoods. The bulk of the parade can be seen on St. Charles Avenue.
Currently, New Orleans is demoing its bike share program, and it has just been extended to the end of March, which mean several bikes may be available to rent before, during, and after the parade.
Tourist watching the parade on Canal Street can catch it anywhere between St. Charles and Tchopitoulas Street.
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.