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Mardi Gras Krewes

Krewe du Vieux
Saturday, January 27, 2018

Krewe du Vieux
Krewe du Vieux

Can’t wait for Fat Tuesday? Head to the French Quarter and start your celebration early this year with the comically entertaining Krewe du Vieux.


During the earliest years of New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations, satire was often the theme of the major krewes' parades. Over time, less controversial themes evolved, such as mythology, historical events, geographical locations, etc., and satirical themes fell by the wayside. In the late 20th century, satire began re-emerging as a theme for some of the smaller walking krewes, and Krewe du Vieux has made a reputation for itself with its shocking comical presentation.

Founded in 1987 and taking its name from the Vieux Carré (old square), the official name for the French Quarter, the Krewe du Vieux is one of the earliest parades of the New Orleans Carnival calendar. In the old tradition, it is noted for wild satirical and adult themes, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and traditional jazz bands in New Orleans.

This Year’s Parade

The Krewe du Vieux will consist of 17 "sub-krewes," each of which present their own interpretation of this year’s theme. Some of the more colorfully named sub-krewes typically include the Krewe of C.R.U.D.E., Krewe of Underwear, Seeds of Decline, Krewe of L.E.W.D., Krewe of K.A.O.S., Mystic Krewe of Comatose (a spoof on the Krewe of Comus), Mystic Krewe of Inane, and Krewe du Mishigas (an all-Jewish contingent).

This year, the parade will be held on January 27rd, starting at 6:30 p.m. Seventeen bands will be accompanying the procession, and the parade will begin on the corner of Decatur and Mandeville Street and wrap up on the corner of O’ Keefe Avenue and Lafayette Street.

Click here for more information and updates about the krewe and parade route or visit

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