The 2024 New Orleans Carnival season starts on Saturday, Jan. 6, and concludes on Mardi Gras, Tuesday Feb. 13. 

This advance preview of the Orleans Parish parades will be updated if changes occur. 

Joan of Arc

Saturday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., French Quarter

Joan of Arc parade map

Starts at 7 p.m. 

Joan of Arc led an army during the Hundred Years War. She also leads the charge into Carnival. Established in 2008, the annual parade is a birthday party for the martyred 15th-century, teenage warrior woman, who is the patron saint of New Orleans. That's her riding the golden horse on Decatur Street.

Blending history, anachronism, feminism, Crescent City cultural identity, marvelous costuming and a touch of Mardi Gras madness, the Joan of Arc parade is a must-see season starter.

For more information, visit the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc website.

Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc 2018

The Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc parades in 2018 on Chartres Street in the French Quarter with their 10th annual procession celebrating Twelfth Night and the birthday of Joan of Arc, the "Maid of Orleans" who liberated the French city from a British siege in 1429. Photographed on Saturday, January 6, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, The Times-Picayune)

Phunny Phorty Phellows

Saturday, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., St. Charles streetcar route

Phormed in 1981, the Phunny Phorty Phellows is a rolling costume party that takes place aboard a St. Charles Avenue Streetcar. Not a parade per se, the Champagne-fueled, satirical streetcar ride draws a crowd at its starting spot at the Willow Street Car barn, as it heralds the start of the Carnival season in Uptown New Orleans.

The group takes its name from a bygone Carnival Club that marched from 1878 to 1898. For more information, visit the PPP website. 

Funky Uptown Krewe

Saturday, Jan. 6, 7:05 p.m., St. Charles streetcar route

Established in 2019, the streetcar-borne Mardi Gras group, which is devoted to one of New Orleans best-loved musical styles, rolls behind the Phunny Phorty Phellows’ annual streetcar ride on the first day of Carnival.

Krewe members dispense hand-decorated, vinyl record albums from the windows of the streetcar. For more information, visit the FUK Facebook page

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David Roe kicks off the season on the porch of the Societe Des Champs Elysee house float at 1205 Elysian Fields Ave. This year's theme is 'A Confederacy of Dunces on a Ship of Fools.' 

Société Des Champs Elysée

Saturday, Jan. 7, 8, and 9 p.m., N. Rampart Street streetcar route

Founded in 2017, the Societé des Champs Elysée Carnival club was meant as a downtown complement to the venerable Phunny Phorty Phellows streetcar-borne Carnival party. Unfortunately, since 2019 the N. Rampart Street streetcar line has been out of service, causing the Societé to be satisfied with a neighborhood bar crawl. But in 2024, the group is mobile once more in a rented trolly-style bus that will make three trips throughout the night.

Look for the imitation streetcar to leave the Holy Diver bar at 1200 St. Bernard Ave. It will turn right on N. Rampart Street, then right on Canal for one block, turning left on Elks Place, which continues onto Loyola Avenue. The imitation streetcar will reverse course at 1001 Loyola Ave. and return along the same route, ending at the corner of St. Claude Avenue and Elysian Fields Avenue

For more information, visit the krewe’s website. 

Krewe of Conus

Honoring New Orleans' iconic potholes, the Krewe of Conus plans to march in the new Krewe of Mosaique parade in 2024

 

Krewe of Mosaïque -- New in 2024! 

Saturday, Jan. 13, time to be announced, French Quarter

The new nighttime krewe will be composed of several individual marching groups that emphasize do-it-yourself, lighted costuming. To set itself apart from other marching groups, Mosaïque plans to deemphasize religious, political, or sexual content. If all goes as expected, the parade will follow a 12-block route from Armstrong Park on North Rampart Street to the Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street. For more information read about the founding of the krewe.

Les Fous du Carnaval

Friday, Jan. 19, 8 p.m., Marigny and French Quarter

Founded in 2022, the 100-person parade is composed of the marching clubs Flora and Fauna, the Goddesses, and the Hellarious Wingnuts - accompanied by brass bands. The parade kicks off at the intersection of Chartres and Frenchman streets, proceeds to Royal Street where it turns left, then left again onto St. Philip Street, and right onto Decatur Street, concluding at Jackson Square.

For more information, visit the krewe’s Facebook page.

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus

Saturday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., Marigny-French Quarter 

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The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a nerd-friendly, science fiction-oriented, foot parade named for Bacchus, the Roman God of wine, and Chewbacca, the furry "Star Wars" sidekick. 

The assorted aliens, space heroes, robots, monsters, and cosmic musicians of Chewbacchus first hit the streets in 2011. With annual dues, starting at a mere $42, the do-it-yourself krewe grew to become what may be Carnival’s largest marching club, with 2000-plus members. 

For more extraterrestrial information, visit the Chewbacchus website

Krewe Boheme

Friday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m., Marigny - French Quarter 

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The mostly female krewe was inspired by absinthe, a formerly outlawed liqueur favored by Belle Époque artists, which is reputed to have hallucinatory properties. The dreamy Boheme parade sashayed through the downtown streets for the first time in 2019, led by their languid mascot, a green absinthe fairy -- imagine an Art Nouveau Tinker Bell that follows the Grateful Dead.

For further elucidation, visit the krewe’s Facebook page

Krewe du Vieux

Saturday, Jan.27, 6:30 p.m., Marigny - French Quarter 

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Expect paper mache sexual allusions and political satire aplenty from this procession of costumed marchers, mule-drawn mini floats, and spirited brass bands. Established in 1987, Krewe du Vieux is known for the sort of recklessly adolescent humor that sensible, sensitive folks avoid. Which is why the rest of us wouldn’t miss it.

For more information visit the KDV Facebook page. 

'tit Rex

Sunday, Jan. 28, 4 p.m., Marigny

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Inspired by the shoe box parades traditionally created by New Orleans school kids during Carnival season, 'tit Rex (Little Rex) was founded in 2009 as an antidote to the lavish, big-footprint krewes such as Bacchus. Pronounced like the fierce dinosaur, the satirical do-it-yourself procession may be small, but it can have a big bite. Get there early for a good view. 

For the smallest details visit the 'tit Rex website

krewedelusion

Sunday, Jan. 28, 6:45 p.m., Marigny - French Quarter 

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For its first 12 years, krewedelusion, one of Mardi Gras' most eccentric, eclectic parades, followed immediately behind Krewe du Vieux through most of its trek on Saturday night, but in 2023 the parade was moved to Sunday. 

Expect homemade min-floats, dance troupes, and marching groups including the Mexican Krewe de Mayahuel and Kreweleidoscope (formerly Krewe du Seuss). 

For more information, consult the krewedelusion Facebook page.

Krewe of Nefertiti

Sunday, Jan. 28 (date uncertain), 1 p.m., New Orleans East

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Premiering in 2020, the all-female brought Carnival parading back to the neighborhoods of New Orleans East for the first time since the Krewe of Minerva ceased parading there in 1992. Named for the legendary leader of ancient Egypt, the float parade rolls along Lake Forest and Read boulevards.

For more information on these queens of the Nile visit the krewe website

Krewe of Cork

Friday, Feb. 2, 3 p.m., French Quarter

The rambling Royal Street foot procession is dedicated to sipping and sloshing vino, while sharing custom-made beads and other throws.

For a few more sips of information and route map, visit the Krewe of Cork website. 

Krewe of Oshun

Friday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route

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In its 24th year, the Krewe of Oshun is named for the Yoruba goddess of love and intimacy. The peacock is the krewe’s symbol, and hand-decorated fans are its signature throw.

For more information visit the krewe Facebook page

Krewe of Cleopatra

Friday, Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route

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Named for the legendary Queen of the Nile, the all-female parade began rolling in 1972, previously on the West Bank.

For more information, visit the krewe’s website. 

Krewe of ALLA

Friday, Feb. 2, 7 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route

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The Krewe of ALLA first rolled in 1932. The krewe's title is a pun, based on the parade's original location in the Algiers neighborhood of the West Bank: AL for Algiers and LA for Louisiana. Riders toss hand-decorated Genie Lamps.

For more information visit the krewe’s website. 

Krewe of Pontchartrain

Saturday, Feb. 3, 11:30 a.m., St. Charles Avenue route

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Established in 1975, the parade once rolled in New Orleans East, along its namesake lake. Look for the signature floats titled Super Grouper and Mr. Mudbug and occasionally celebrity grand marshals, such as composer Allan Toussaint, actor Red Buttons, baseball star Will Clark, singer Irma Thomas, and rocker Dee Snider.

Pontchartrain is the first of a six-parade lineup that begins before noon and lasts into the night.

For more information visit the Krewe of Pontchartrain website

Legion of Mars

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m., St. Charles Avenue route