Mardi Gras 2017 in New Orleans shifts into high gear on Feb. 11 this year with a parade known for its decidedly adult themes – Krewe Du Vieux. Here is their new route.
The Krewe du Vieux Parade Route begins on the corner of Franklin Ave. and Royal Street in New Orleans.
The parade will progress on Royal until it turns left at Frenchmen.
The parade will proceed on Frenchmen until it turns right on Decatur towards St. Philip.
At St. Philip St., the parade will turn right for two blocks and then takes a left on Royal.
It continues on Royal through the French Quarter and turns left on St. Peter.
Proceeds on St. Peter for two blocks and turns right on Decatur.
Stays on Decatur, crosses Canal St. onto Magazine in the CBD and takes a left on Gravier for one block and turns right on Tchoupitoulas St.
Parades on Tchoupitoulas all the way to Julia St. where it takes a right and proceeds on Julia to O’Keefe Avenue
Takes a right on O’Keefe until it reaches its final destination at O’Keefe and Lafayette St.
The Krewe du Vieux (KdV) was founded in 1987, born from the ashes of the fabled Krewe of Clones. The Clones began in 1978, based out of the Contemporary Arts Center. This “Art Parade” became wildly popular for their imaginative and creative street performance art. By 1985, the Krewe of Clones had grown to 30 subkrewes and over 1500 marchers.
|The Krewe du Vieux’s seventeen subkrewes will each present their own interpretations of the theme. Subkrewes include the Krewe of C.R.U.D.E., Krewe of Space Age Love, Krewe of Underwear, Seeds of Decline, Krewe of Mama Roux, Krewe of L.E.W.D., Krewe of Drips and Dis- charges, Krewe of K.A.O.S., Knights of Mondu, T.O.K.I.N., Krewe Rue Bourbon, Krewe de C.R.A.P.S., Mystic Krewe of Spermes, Mystic Krewe of Comatose, Mystic Krewe of Inane, and Krewe du Mishigas.
Also marching will be many of the city’s top brass bands. Showcasing the local brass band talent is one of many Krewe du Vieux traditions not eligible for coverage under the health care reform bill.
Sorry I’ll miss y’all on the route but hope everyone enjoys this nutty night…
C.W. Cannon one of my favorite columnists, talks of our current Carnival period as a golden age with more democratic and satirical characteristics than we experienced in the late 20th century, where whites-only krewes had their way and superfloats flourished which led to the demise of many of the small neighborhood parades. I’ll tell him how much I appreciate this on the downtown parade routes that I am sure to see him on over the next few weeks..
Russian literary critic Mikhail Bakhtin, in a book about folk culture influences on the great Renaissance French writer Rabelais, outlined a theory of Carnival based on ancient and medieval traditions. Centuries later, it’s remarkable to witness how the “carnivalesque” spirit he details lives on so palpably on the other side of the world. A few of the key attributes Bakhtin ascribes to Carnival are a satirical impulse of a bawdy kind that he calls “grotesque realism,” the inversion of normal prevailing social hierarchies, and mass participation.
In light of principles like these, it’s a no-brainer that the latest city ordinance supports, rather than inhibits, the ancient foundations of Carnival tradition. Even here in New Orleans, one of the prevailing social strictures upended by Carnival has been segregation in public settings. Blocking off and segregating swaths of the public space for members-only parties doesn’t jibe with the carnivalesque injunction to cast off social distinctions and rub shoulders with strangers for a limited period of time.