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Mardi Gras 2016 Northshore Parades - Full Schedule|
|Saturday, Jan. 9 Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016
23 Parades from January 9 to February 14
Local Phone: (800) 634-9443
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.
Mardi Gras 2016 is on Tuesday, February 9.
Following is the St. Tammany Parish parade schedule for 2016.*
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9
St. John Fools of Misrule, Covington – 6pm
The 5th Feast of Fools and March takes place 4-10pm. Its bawdy procession through Covington’s historic St. John District kicks off the season on the Northshore. The evening begins with a “Feast of Fools” at 4pm followed by a marching parade at 6pm led by a “Lord of Misrule”, flambeaux and a brass band starting at Columbia Street Tap Room & Grill (434 N. Columbia). The revelers follow 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. The St. John Fools of Misrule formed in 2011 to announce the arrival of Carnival season on the Northshore. Their slogan: Vivere Vita Omnino! – Live Life Completely!
SUNDAY, JANUARY 10
Krewe of Claude, Slidell – 1pm
The krewe whose name was derived from the street on which its founders lived, a former pecan orchard, inspires the tradition of throwing pecans. Established in 1986 members focus as much on community service as the celebration of Mardi Gras. This year's theme is "Remembering the Past, Celebrating the Present, Embracing the Future".
Krewe of Poseidon follows Claude
New co-ed krewe (founded in 2015) boasts 445 riders and 24 floats, appropriately themed "A First for Everything". Amanda Shaw is Grand Marshal.
The parade starts at the intersection of Berkley Street and Spartan Drive, and follows a route northwest to Highway 11, northeast to Hwy 190, and east through town just past the intersection of 190 and Kensington Boulevard.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
Krewe of Slidellians, Slidell – 1pm
The Krewe of Slidellians kicks off the Mardi Gras season in Slidell, this year under the theme “An Evening of World Celebration”. Parades along Pontchartrain Dr. from Spartan Dr. to Hwy. 11, then along Front St. to Gause Blvd. and ending at Lindberg Dr.
Founded in 1947.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 23
Krewe of Bilge, Slidell – 12pm
This boat parade was 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 Slidell. Visit website for route.
Krewe of Mona Lisa & MoonPie, Slidell – 7pm
This 200+ member walking group founded in 1984 has the signature Moonpie throw and features costumed marchers, dancing clubs and brass bands, plus an eclectic mix of grocery carts, bicycles, and rickshaws. This year’s theme: “Mona’s Battle of the Bands".
Mona marches from the corner of Robert St., marches through Olde Towne along Cleveland, Second, Erlanger and First, and ends around 9pm at at the 200 block of Carey Street with The Red Bean Ball, a street party.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 24
Mystick Krewe of Perseus, Slidell – 1pm
Founded in 1970, the Krewe of Perseus hosts a ball and a thirteen-float parade in which each float rider constructs his or her own costume. This year’s theme is “Precious Gems”.
The Krewe’s 170 members throw hand-decorated plastic crabs, crab beads, slap bracelets, and cups. Route loads up at Fritchie Park and begins at Salmen High School.
Krewe of Pearl River Lions Club, Pearl River – 1pm
This year the popular day parade masks under the theme, "Your Favorite Bands and Music". The parade 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. Founded in 1953, the krewe supports the LA Lions Eye Foundation and Crippled Children’s Camp and hosts an annual senior citizens’ dinner for the town.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
Krewe of Eve, Mandeville – 7pm
Celebrating its 30th year, the ladies’ night parade will roll 24 beautifully decorated Blaine Kern floats—one of which is tandem—on the theme, “30 Years of Fun and Games.” With over 350 members in elaborately decorated sweatshirts, and an annual competition of local and out-of-state marching bands, the parade includes fireworks, bubbles, bands, and lots of throws for a fun family night. Starts near the junction of Hwy 22 and US 190 and follows W. Causeway Approach above Monroe St., crosses 190 and ends on E. Causeway Approach.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
Krewe de Paws, Slidell - 10am
Slidell’s Krewe for Canines donates any proceeds to its Olde Towne parade to various local animal-loving non-profit organizations. This year's theme: "Paw and Order".
Krewe of Push Mow, Abita Springs – 11am
Dozens of humorously themed homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, will parade on the theme: “Unsuitable School Mascots.” This rousing cruise through the heart of town starts at Abita Town Hall, following Level St. to Magnolia, Main St., Leveson and back to Town Hall for a party immediately afterward. Roads leading into Abita Springs will be closed at 10am.
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
Comprised of 250+ members, Titans was established in 2010 by a group of Carnival veterans who wanted to bring the merriment of Mardi Gras to the streets of Slidell in a high-quality, family-oriented, nighttime parade. The only co-ed krewe that parades at night. This year's theme: "Titans Presents Dancing in the Streets".
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
Krewe of Dionysus, Slidell – 1pm
The krewe's 250+ members celebrate under the theme "Dionysus Tours the World". The krewe's motto: “A drinking Krewe with a Mardi Gras problem parading through the streets of Slidell since 1985.”
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5
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. This year’s theme: “Selene’s Dynamic Duos.”
Original Krewe of Orpheus, Mandeville - 6pm
The all-male krewe is reborn! For their return to the streets of Mandeville, the krewe's theme "We're Getting the Band Back Together". OKO will roll with floats illuminated by LEDs and street effects, and throws include beads and signature medallions. In keeping with the theme from the Blues Brothers film, "Jake and Elwood" come in from Chicago with their famous blues band on a float holding a movie-set-quality car. The official call and response of the hearty Krewe is: "HAIL ORPHEUS" "HAIL YES".
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6
Krewe of Bush, Bush – 9am
Fun parade popular with local kids held on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. No theme, no fees, just show up in whatever will roll or walk, and enjoy.
Krewe of Tchefuncte, Madisonville – 1pm
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. This year’s theme: “Shaken, Not Stirred.”
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9 – MARDI GRAS DAY
Krewe of 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, Covington – follows Lions
Founded in 1951 by the Knights of Columbus, this krewe was once called the “Krewe of KaaCee.”
Krewe of Chahta, Lacombe – 1pm
This year's theme is "Spirit of the Wind". Named for Chahta-Ima High School, which many of the founding members attended and which itself is named for St. Tammany’s founding father Fr. Adrien Rouquette, 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 – 1:30pm
This eclectic krewe invites the public to participate in its parade of decorative floats, vintage vehicles, four wheelers, cars, trucks, horses, horse drawn wagons, vintage tractors, and RV's. Fire Chief David Pittman is this year's King and fitness club owner Kay Loyd Lupe is Queen. The Grand Marshal is Farmers Market Coordinator Tina Peer. Starts and ends at Magnolia Park at 13296 LA-40 near Olive St. and follows to Cleveland, along Hwy. 25 to Jackson St. and back.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws, Mandeville – 2 pm
This year’s Celebrity Grand Monarchs are newlywed actors Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed. Held one week AFTER Mardi Gras, dogs sashay in costume along the Mandeville lakefront in this fun parade that raises funds for area animal agencies. This year’s theme: “Love is in the Hair!” Krewe members will be showcasing famous romances in film, television, sports, you name it. Founded in 1999.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!
*Dates and times are subject to change.
Location: Abita Springs, Bush, Covington, Folsom, Lacombe, Madisonville, Mandeville, Pearl River, Slidell, LA