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2013 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


Super Bowl XLVII affects traditional dates for some parades

Colorful floats filled with costumed riders throwing trinkets to the crowd are hallmarks of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. Photo by Pat Garin JANUARY 14, 2013 — New Orleans is once again hosting more than 30 colorful Mardi Gras parades during the 2013 Carnival season, but this year's schedule has been modified to make room for another big event in the city: Super Bowl XLVII.

Mardi Gras parades are typically held over two consecutive weeks, but with the Super Bowl falling in the middle of Carnival, some parades will take place a week early to avoid overlapping with the big game in New Orleans on Sunday, February 3.

Each parade carries the name of a different "Krewe" which sponsors its own parade. The following schedule lists parades within New Orleans for the two primary weekends of Carnival.

2013 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule

Friday, January 25, 2013
• 6:00 PM Krewe of Oshun
• 6:30 PM Krewe of Cleopatra

Saturday, January 26, 2013
• 1:00 PM Krewe of Pontchartrain
• 2:00 PM Krewe of Choctaw
• 6:00 PM Knights of Sparta
• 6:45 PM Krewe of Pygmalion

Sunday, January 27, 2013
• 12:00 PM Krewe of Carrollton
• 1:15 PM King Arthur
• 2:00 PM Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Mardi Gras parades often include high school, college or community marching bands. Photo by Jeff Strout
Sunday, February 3, 2013
• Super Bowl Sunday - No Parades in New Orleans

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
• 6:30 PM Mystic Krewe of Druids
• 7:00 PM Mystic Krewe of Nyx

Thursday, February 7, 2013
• 5:45 PM Knights of Babylon
• 6:30 PM Krewe of Muses
• 6:30 PM Knights of Chaos

Friday, February 8, 2013
• 6:00 PM Krewe of Hermes
• 6:30 PM Le Krewe d'Etat
• 7:00 PM Krewe of Morpheus

Saturday, February 9, 2013
• 11:00 AM Krewe of Iris
• 12:00 PM Krewe of Tucks
• 4:15 PM Krewe of Endymion

Sunday, February 10, 2013
• 11:00 AM Krewe of Okeanos
• 11:45 AM Krewe of Mid-City
• 12:00 PM Krewe of Thoth
• 5:15 PM Krewe of Bacchus
Most Mardi Gras parades roll through residential districts of New Orleans and are actually very family-friendly. Photo by Jay Combe
Monday, February 11, 2013
• 5:15 PM Proteus
• 6:00 PM Orpheus

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - Mardi Gras
• 8:00 AM Zulu
• 10:00 AM Rex
• 11:00 AM Krewe of Elks Orleans
• 12:00 PM Krewe of Crescent City

Contrary to what is often portrayed in media coverage of Mardi Gras, the parades are actually very family-friendly. Bourbon Street lives up to the more wild reputation, but the parades roll down wider streets in residential districts, and police work hard to ensure that the crowd stays festive but not crazy.

Parade times are approximate, especially when one parade follows directly behind another. And since parades travel for several miles, depending on your viewing location the parade could arrive much later than the start time shown. Visit the website of each Krewe for more details including parade route maps and parade themes.


Photos courtesy of New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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