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 Eden Isles subdivision residents who costumed and decorated their boats to parade along the canals, this krewe now boasts over 400 members. Starts at Marina Café on Harbor Dr. and Robin's Dockside Wharf. Visit website for complete route.
Krewe of Poseidon - 6 PM
Theme: We Will Rock You!
This co-ed krewe was founded in 2015 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. Features over 600 riders on 28-30 floats, each representing such popular songs as ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man," "Viva Las Vegas" (Elvis), "Rock 'n Roll All Night" by KISS, and songs by Chicago, Elton John, Foreigner, Huey Lewis, Billy Joel and more. 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 social, cultural, civic welfare and community service in eastern St. Tammany Parish. 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
Theme: Under the Big Top
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. 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.)
Sunday, FEB 24
Krewe of Dionysus – 2 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, turns north on Front St (Hwy 11), then east on Gause Blvd (Hwy 190) and heads towards I-10 to Kensington Blvd, ending at Rouse's.
Mystic Krewe of Titans – 5:00 PM*
Theme: Titans Goes on Vacation
This coed krewe 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. King & Queen Titans IX are Mr. Legrande Ferguson and Mrs. Lauren Oustalet and the Grand Marshal is Ed Daniels of WGNO Sports. Features 16 floats with well over 300 riders with some of the best marching bands from Louisiana and Mississippi. Starts in Fritchie Park.
*Parade moved from Saturday to Sunday evening due to anticipated thunderstorms.
Friday, MAR 1
Krewe of Selene – 6:30 PM
Theme: A Few of Our Favorite Things
Founded in 1998, this 400-member krewe has a 21-float procession to match its 21st year. The parade depicts such favorite things as vacations, sports and more. The all-women’s night parade features hand-made, elaborately decorated purses as its signature throw, lighted star wands and a variety of specialty beads. Queen Selene XXI is Cindy Levy Newell Harness and King Selene XXI is Lucas Bills. Follows the traditional Slidell parade route. Selene closes the Carnival parade season in Slidell.
Dedicated to community outreach year-round, the Krewe of Selene supports Slidell Ladies for Liberty by sending items to troops overseas, running a food drive to support Second Harvest Food Bank, and organizting Project Christmas, which helps local families in need.
LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!