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Mardi Gras 2015 Northshore Parade Full Schedule|
|Saturday, Jan. 10 Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
21 Parades from January 10 to February 22
Abita Springs, Bush, Covington, Folsom, Lacombe, Madisonville, Mandeville, Pearl River, Slidell, LA
Louisiana's Northshore, St. Tammany Parish, is home to dozens of Mardi Gras parades, balls and related events. From raucous big truck parades to old New Orleans' traditional handcrafted floats, the Northshore's parades are family-friendly fun.
Following is the St. Tammany Parish parade schedule for 2015.*
SATURDAY, JANUARY 10
St. John Fools of Misrule, Covington – 7pm www.foolsofmisrule.com
The St. John Fools of Misrule formed in 2011 to announce the arrival of Carnival season on the Northshore. Its bawdy procession through Covington’s historic St. John District, which is preceded by a “Feast of Fools” at 4pm, is led by a “Lord of Misrule” and the marching parade begins with flambeaux and a brass band starting at Columbia Street Tap Room & Grill (434 N. Columbia) and follows a route along Lockwood St. west to New Hampshire St., south to Walker Alley and then north along Columbia St. to end back at the Tap Room. Their slogan: Vivere Vita Omnino! – Live Life Completely!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 18
Krewe of Claude, Slidell – 1pm
Established in 1986 by the Washington Heights Tenant Association, members focus as much on community service as the celebration of Mardi Gras. The krewe name was derived from the street on which the housing complex is located, a former pecan orchard, inspiring the krewe’s tradition of throwing pecans.
The 2015 parade theme is “Claude Celebrates the Mystical Sounds of Music”. This year’s King and Queen are Mr. and Mrs. Reginald and Nedra Hays, the Grand Marshall is WWL-TV anchorwoman Sally Ann Roberts and the Ambassador is Dr. Aleta Declouet.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
Krewe of Slidellians, Slidell – 1pm www.slidellwomenscivicclub.org
Founded in 1947, the Slidell Women's Civic Club was formed to foster service to a then small community with the promise of growing to a larger town in eastern St. Tammany Parish. Parades along Pontchartrain Dr. from Spartan Dr. to Hwy. 11, then along Front St. to Gause Blvd. and ending at Lindberg Dr.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 31
Krewe of Bilge, Slidell – 12pm www.kreweofbilge.com
Boat parade. Founded in 1978 by a few local residents who costumed and decorated their boats to parade along the canals of the Eden Isles subdivision, the krewe now boasts over 400 members. This year’s theme: “Fairy Tales and Myths.” Starts at Marina Café on Harbor Dr. and The Dock of Slidell, visit website for map of route.
Krewe of Mona Lisa & Moon Pie, Slidell – 7pm www.monalisaandmoonpie.com
Celebrating its 30th year, this 200-member walking group with the signature Moonpie throw features costumed marchers, dancing clubs and brass bands, plus an eclectic mix of grocery carts, bicycles, and rickshaws. The Red Bean Ball follows the parade. Starts and ends on Carey St. and marches through Olde Towne along Cleveland, Second, Erlanger and First. Visit website to participate in the “Where’s Mona?” geocaching contest. This year’s theme: “Mona Directs Hollywood South.”
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Mystick Krewe of Perseus, Slidell – 1pm
Founded in 1970, the Krewe of Perseus is named for the Greek hero of legend who slew Medusa. Perseus hosts a ball January 24th and a thirteen-float parade, with nine double-decker floats. Each float rider constructs his or her own costume. The Krewe is made up of 170 members, whose throws include their famous hand-decorated plastic crabs, crab beads, slap bracelets, and cups. This year’s theme: “Imaginary Places.”
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club, Pearl River – 1pm
The popular day parade in Pearl River begins at Pearl River High School and continues south on Highway 41, turning left at the light onto Hwy. 3081 and ending at the Pearl River Town Hall on Willis Alley.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Krewe of Eve, Mandeville - 7pm
Founded in 1986, the ladies’ annual night parade is known for its beautifully decorated floats, members with elaborately decorated sweatshirts, and annual competition of local and out-of-state marching bands. Starts near the junction of Hwy 22 and US 190 and follows W. Causeway Appr. above Monroe St., crosses 190 and ends on E. Causeway Appr. This year's theme: "Theme Park Adventures."
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne, Slidell – 10am www.krewedepawsofoldetowne.com
Slidell’s Krewe for Canines donates any proceeds to its Olde Towne parade to various local animal-loving non-profit organizations. This year's parade theme: Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne presents “Laissez les BONE temps rouler!” Krewe (dogs and humans) are encouraged to dress in favorite New Orleans/Louisiana things. (Food, People, Places, etc). This year's Grand Marshal is Lauren "Fleurty Girl" Thom, who will be accompanied by her Chihuahuas, Zulu and Coconut.
The parade follows a 1-mile route through Olde Towne from Robert Street to Brakefield, Second, Erlanger, First, Cousin, Carey and back to Robert. A tailgating "pawty" will be held immediately after the parade at Camellia City Bark Park with parking at Café du Bone Dog Bakery, 2253 Carey St.
Abita Springs Krewe of Push Mow, Abita Springs – 11am
Starting at the Abita Trailhead at 11am, Push Mow rolls with the theme “Future Film Flops.” This year’s King is Abita Springs Citizen of the Year John Preble, the irascible proprietor of the Abita Mystery House at the UCM Museum.
Celebrity judges will offer prizes to best parade participants and costumes at the after party, called the Push Mow Café, held at Abita Springs Park until 2pm. The free party offers live music, dancing, food, drinks, and beer from vendors. Costume prizes will be awarded at 12:45pm.
The Krewe of Push Mow was founded by Abita Springs artists who thought it would be funny pushing decorated lawn mowers in a parade - thus the name "Krewe of Push Mow." The organization takes pride in its original themes, humorous floats, marching groups, and costumes.
Krewe of Olympia, Covington – 6pm
Founded in 1965, this 200-member Krewe is the oldest in St. Tammany. Keeping the identity of King Zeus a secret until the parade, members ride on floats, trucks and horses interspersed with marching bands from across the Northshore. Starts in front of St. Tammany Parish Justice Center on Columbia St. and follows a route along Hwy 21/Boston St. to Jefferson, 15th, Tyler, W. 23rd and back through downtown again.
Mystic Krewe of Titans, Slidell – 6:30pm www.kreweoftitans.com
This men’s nighttime parade is comprised of over 100 members. In mythology, the Titans were the children of Earth and Heaven and pre-dated later deities such as Zeus. The krewe is a family oriented organization who shares in the love for Mardi Gras. Follows same route as Slidellians.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Krewe of Dionysus, Slidell – 1pm www.dionysusofslidell.com
The Krewe of Dionysus celebrates 30 years of rolling through the streets of Slidell. Reigning over this year’s parade will be Dionysus XXX, Brad Rummel and his Queen, Dominique Elizabeth Frisard. Entertaining the citizens of Slidell will be the Krewe of 280 members on 18 floats, masquerading to the theme of “Made for Each Together.” As in years past, Dionysus will be throwing specialty Krewe logo items including wooden banks, limited edition medallion beads, signature swords, and doubloons from the Royal Escorts as they part the crowds for their King and Krewe.
Krewe of Tchefuncte, Madisonville – 2pm
The colorful boats-only floating parade founded in 1973 cruises the Tchefuncte River, starting at Salty’s Marina, then heads downriver and turns around to dock on both the north and south sides of the Hwy 22 bridge. King Neptune’s Marching Society precedes the boat parade by marching down Water Street to the reviewing stand.
The theme this year is "Krewe of Tchefuncte Gets A Reality Check," a take on popular "reality" TV shows like Survivor, American Idol, Duck Dynasty, Dancing with the Stars, Cake Boss and Ghost Hunters.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13
Krewe of Selene, Slidell – 6:30pm
Founded in 1998, this 400-member krewe is named for the ancient Greek goddess of the moon, Selene, lover of Endymion, the god of eternal youth and fertility. Lighted wands are a signature throw. Follows the same route as Slidellians.
**TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17 – MARDI GRAS DAY**
Krewe of Bush, Bush – 9am
Fun parade popular with local kids.
Covington Lions Club, Covington – 10am
The Covington Lions Club has brought the celebration of Mardi Gras to downtown Covington since 1959. Follows the same route as the Krewe of Olympia.
Mystic Krewe of Covington – follows Lions
Founded in 1951 by the Knights of Columbus, this krewe was once called the “Krewe of KaaCee.”
Krewe of Chahta-Ima, Lacombe – 1pm
Named to honor Chahta-Ima High School, which many of the founding members attended, is comprised of floats, cars, marching units and horse groups. Starts at the Morocco Room and follows US 190 north to 17th Street, Fish Hatchery Rd., and ends at Lacombe Nursing Home.
Krewe of Folsom, Folsom – 2pm
This eclectic krewe invites the public to participate in its parade. Entry fees, ranging from $15 to $35, are collected based on the type of vehicle used in the parade. Register at www.villageoffolsom.com or call Town Hall at (985)796-5607. Starts on Hwy. 40 near Olive St. and follows to Cleveland, along Hwy. 25 to Jackson St. and back to Hwy. 40.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws, Mandeville www.mardipaws.com
Dogs sashay in costume along the Mandeville lakefront in this fun parade that raises funds for area animal agencies. This year’s theme: “Mardi Paws Takes a Road Trip and Visits Destinations across America.” Rain date: March 1st.
*Schedule subject to change. Additional parades may be announced for other krewes.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!