Krewe du Vieux
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Known for its use of satire, comedy and adult content, Krewe du Vieux, will now bring the gasps and giggles for its 30-year anniversary.
The parade is set to roll at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th.
It will begin in the Marigny at Franklin and Royal Street and roll along Frenchmen Street, then roll through the French Quarter, and finally end downtown at O’Keefe and Lafayette. For the best views of the parade, arrive as early as possible because of increased foot and car traffic.
After the parade ends, members of the parade gather for the ball, which features live music, dancing and food and lasts until the early hours of the next day. A limited number of tickets are available to the unaffiliated public. See the parade’s website for updated information and details.
About Krewe du Vieux
Krewe du Vieux emerged in 1987 departing from the Krewe of Clones who sought to transform the Krewe into a more appropriate Uptown parade. Since then, Krewe du Vieux has always pushed boundaries and marched in the French Quarter three weeks before Ash Wednesday on a Saturday night. Krewe du Vieux was the first parade to roll after Katrina in 2006 and has always been a local favorite.
Past themes have ranged from “Where the Vile Things are” to “Habitat for Insanity.” Known for creativity, expect a mature and satirical theme. To find out this year’s theme, head to the parade’s official website closer to the event.
In addition to the main floats and revelers in Krewe du Vieux, several subkrewes also march. There are now seventeen Subkrewes, with names such as Krewe of Spermes, Krewe du Mishigas and Krewe of Underwear.
King and Queen
As per Mardi Gras parade tradition, every year the Krewe elects a King and or Queen to honor. Last year, bounce queen Big Freedia served as royalty. Stay tuned to the parade’s official website for royalty announcements.
Tickets & More Info
Watching the parade is free, and can be done from along the parade route or at private establishments. Tickets for the Ball can be purchased through members of the Krewe or Subkrewes, or online.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.kreweduvieux.org.