Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Jeudi Gras!!

Happy Jeudi Gras Everybody...the parades keep on rolling along!!

First up this evening are the Knights of Babylon at 5:45 pm....Formed in 1939 by professional men of New Orleans, the Knights of Babylon proudly adhere to traditional float design, which has remain unchanged for over 60 years. Also according to tradition, they continue to light floats with flambeaux and ride on 12-man floats. The king's float is drawn by a team of mules, followed by 12 riding lieutenants. Collectors of Mardi Gras throws are expected to line the route in droves, in quest of Babylon's exclusive jester heads and hats, Knights of Babylon backpacks, Knights of Babylon lighted disc necklaces, soft baseballs, cups and doubloons.

Following right behind is the highly secretive Knights of Chaos, formed by former members of the Knights of Momus, first paraded on the traditional Uptown route in 2000 and does not unveil its theme until the procession takes to the streets.

Baseball-type collectible cards, depicting each float and with a description of that particular title, will be thrown by Chaos members. This tradition began in 2006 and was the first of its kind in the history of Carnival throws.  Plentiful beads and trinkets are also promised, including Chaos Orange Demon lighted beads, plus plush Chaos knights, float-specific cups and more. Also expected to be thrown to spectators will be doubloons and many trinkets signifying the generosity of the riders.

And rounding up the evening the Krewe of Muses rolls on a slightly different parade route (see below), named for the daughters of Zeus and patrons of the arts and sciences, is New Orleans' only all-female night parade. The parade has become one of Mardi Gras' favorites, thanks not only to its humorous and biting parade themes, but also for its sought-after throws....SHOES!! 

And AFTER the parades there's free music!!!

At the Howlin' Wolf (828 S. Peters) every night at 10:00 pm thru Lundi Gras!!  Check out the line-up! 
Thursday  - Rebirth Brass Band
Friday - Rebirth Brass Band plus The Revivalist
Saturday - Rebirth Brass Band plus Papa Grows Funk
Sunday  - Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk
Monday  - George Porter Jr and the Runnin' Pardners plus Khris Royal & the Dark Matter

For more fun stuff to do and more music...check out the WWOZ Livewire -!

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