If you’re looking to do something a little different for Mardi Gras this year, here are some parades worth checking out. Don’t be afraid to go outside the bubble. For a complete schedule, visit www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule.html and be sure to download WDSU’s Parade Tracker.
SAT, Feb 22
Canine Carnival Krewe. 10AM. Olde Towne Slidell. Marching parade with dogs. The mission for Canine Carnival Krewe is to bring awareness to pet rescue and adoption and donate proceeds of the parade to various shelters, rescues groups and animal-loving non-profit organizations.
Abita Springs Krewe of Push Mow Parade & Party. 11am. Abita Springs. Dozens of humorously themed homemade floats, many based on lawn equipment, take part in this rousing cruise through the heart of town. The parade follows a route beginning and ending at the Abita Springs Trailhead for a party with costume judging, live music, and food and drinks. Theme: Future Reality TV Shows (http://www.pushmow.com/)
‘tit Rəx (‘tit being a Cajun abbreviation of the word “petite”). 5pm. Marigny. The world’s first Mardi Gras microkrewe, ‘tit Rəx was founded in 2009 by a group of artists, teachers, businesspeople, workers, and bon vivants. Taking their cue from the generations-old, grade-school tradition of decorating shoeboxes to look like Mardi Gras floats, ‘tit Rəx members use shoeboxes as the foundation of their floats. Theme: Wee the the People (http://www.titrexparade.com)
The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. 8pm. Marigny. The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras parade organization for the most revelrous of Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Gamers, Cosplayers, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, Mad Scientists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom. Theme: The Wrath of Khan-Ival (http://www.chewbacchus.org/)
SUN, Feb 23
Krewe of Tchefuncte. 2pm. Madisonville. Organized in 1973, this boat parade cruises the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, Louisiana every Mardi Gras. Boats will be decorated like tiki huts, tropical flowers, volcanoes, rain forests and other island themes. Theme: Sails to Tropical Paradise.
Sun, Mar 9
Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws. 2pm. Mandeville. Mardi Paws is a fun-filled family event that serves as a fundraiser for three Northshore non-profits which are comprised of all volunteers trying to make a difference in their community: Scott’s Wish aids people suffering from leukemia and other devastating illnesses; Have a Heart thru Art is made up of community leaders who provide access to the arts for underprivileged and disabled children; and The St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Program provides low cost spay/neutering services for rescues and low-income households. Theme: LIVE FROM THE RED CarPET (http://www.mardipaws.com/)