Slidell, Louisiana in St. Tammany Parish is the annual Northshore home of raucous big truck Mardi Gras parades, where you'll catch tons of throws, and dance along with marching bands and DJs. Slidell parades roll on February 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, and March 1. Mardi Gras 2019 is Tuesday, March 5th.
All parades will officially start on Pontchartrain Drive at Spartan Drive. Mardi Gras crews WILL NOT begin throwing beads, etc., until Pontchartrain Drive, so please do not set up or park along Spartan Drive. On parade days, visit the Slidell Police Department's Facebook page for live updates and video feed.
Saturday, FEB 16
Krewe of Bilge – 12 PM
Theme: What's on TV?
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. Starts at Marina Café and Robin's Dockside Wharf. Visit website for route. ***MOVED FROM SATURDAY TO SUNDAY DUE TO EXPECTED INCLEMENT WEATHER.
Krewe of Poseidon - 6 PM
Theme: We Will Rock You
Poseidon moves its parade from day to night! This co-ed krewe was founded in 2015 as a day parade with a goal of providing the citizens of Slidell and the surrounding areas with an exceptional parade indicative of the traditions and history of New Orleans Mardi Gras. Floats will include Aliens, Dracula, Frankenstein, Gargoyles, Ghosts, Mummies, Werewolves and other scary creatures of the night. Has 560 members, 28 floats (mostly double-deckers), marching bands and mortc. 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, FEB 17
Krewe of Slidellians – 1 PM
Theme: Breakfast at Tiffany's
Founded in 1947, the Slidell Women's Civic Club was formed to foster community service in eastern St. Tammany Parish and is open to the community for riders and sponsorships. 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.
Mystic Krewe of Perseus – 1:30 PM
Founded in 1970, Perseus hosts a thirteen-float parade with riders donning his or her own handmade costume. 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. Immediately follows Slidellians’ parade.
Saturday, FEB 23
Krewe de Paws of Olde Towne – 10 AM
Theme: Hang Ten
Slidell’s Krewe for Canines donates any proceeds to its Olde Towne parade to various local animal-loving non-profit organizations. Two Saturdays before Mardi Gras. celebrating pet rescues and adoptions. This year's theme: To the Rescue! Celebrating pet rescues and adoptions, you and your pup can dress up as a favorite Superhero or everyday hero. Decorate a wagon, stroller or cart and stock up on the throws! The route is approx 1 mile. (Please do not throw candy or food that will be harmful to the dogs.)
Mystic Krewe of Titans – 6:30 PM
Comprised of 325 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. Starts in Fritchie Park.
Sunday, FEB 24
Krewe of Dionysus – 1 PM
Theme: Dionysus & The Wise Guys
The krewe's 250+ members celebrate Dionysus, also known as Bacchus, the god of wine. Parading through the streets of Slidell since 1985, it begins on Spartan Drive at Fritchie Park and travels to Pontchartrain Drive.
Friday, MAR 1
Krewe of Selene – 6:30 PM
The all-women’s night parade features Mardi Gras Decorators floats, hand-made elaborately decorated purses (Selene’s signature throw), lighted star wands and a variety of specialty beads. The Grand Marshals and Queen & King Selene XXI will be announced at the krewe's annual Coronation Ball in December. Dedicated to community outreach year-round, the Krewe of Selene supports Ladies for Liberty by sending items to troops overseas, a food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank, and Project Christmas, which helps local families in need.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!