Two diametrically opposed (but equally festive) parades roll on Saturday, December 1, kicking the holiday season off with floats, marching bands, merriment, claws, whips, and demon-goats. Here’s what to know and where to go to partake in the fun.
Krewe of Jingle
Expect beads and plenty of seasonal throws at Krewe of Jingle, a fanciful assembly of Santas, dancing elves, marching bands, floats, and reindeer. It rolls at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1 from Lee Circle. From there it heads down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street, and makes a U-turn at N. Peters Street. It heads back down Canal Street in the opposite direction, then turns left on Baronne Street and ends at Howard Avenue.
Krewe of Krampus
It’s not surprising that New Orleans has a parade dedicated to the half-goat, half-demon arbiter of bad karmic retribution—it’s surprising that it took this long for the beast to gain a strong local following. Krewe of Krampus rolls at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 1 through Bywater, with costumed Krampuses and an entourage of sprites and monsters. Skinz N Bonez leads, and lumps of coal, some painted gold or white, are the group’s signature throw.
The parade starts at Parleaux Beer Lab (634 Lesseps Street), proceeds west down Royal Street, hangs a right on Independence Street, makes a left on Burgundy Street, and turns right on Piety Street to end at Bratz Y’all (617B Piety Street).
There’s a 66 percent chance of rain at 1 p.m., when Krewe of Jingle rolls, and a 10 percent chance of rain at 7 p.m., when Krewe of Krampus kicks off, according to nola.com. The high is 78 degrees, and the low is 58 degrees.
The Mayor’s office announced that a no parking zone will be in effect along the parade route from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is prohibited at the following areas:
- Howard Avenue from O’Keefe Avenue to St. Charles Avenue
- St. Charles Avenue from Howard Avenue to Canal Street
- Canal Street from Baronne Street to S. Peters Street
- Baronne Street from Canal Street to Howard Avenue
Officials advise attendees to avoid driving in the area and warn that RTA service may be interrupted during the parade. Instead, use taxis, Uber, Lyft, or a bike.