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Mardi Gras Micro-Krewes

Over the years, Mardi Gras has become much more than a few big parades. In addition to the amazing “super-krewes,” like the Krewe of Orpheus, and Mardi Gras royalty like Rex and Zulu, today you can find tons of “micro-krewes” that will bring your parade experience to a new level.

What is a Micro-krewe?

Mardi Gras: A Great Family Trip!
Phunny Phorty Phellows

“Micro-krewes” are smaller krewes devoted to niche interests and characterized by creative and quirky costuming, certainly not to be overshadowed by the massive and celebrity studded “super-krewes.” The smaller nature of these krewes creates a more inclusive environment, and the uniqueness of these parades provides just as much of a draw as the more mainstream parades.

See the following list of New Orleans micro-krewes and where you can find them.

*Note: Schedules and parade routes are bound to change each year, be sure to check the parade’s website before heading over to the route.

Krewe of St. Joan of Arc

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Krewe of St. Joan of Arc

The Krewe of St. Joan of Arc holds its annual walking parade in the French Quarter on January 6, which is also the official start of Mardi Gras season. Coincidentally, that is birthday of Joan of Arc, the patron saint of France, the nation whose settlers founded New Orleans in the early 1700s.

Phunny Phorty Phellows

This local social club, the Phunny Phorty Phellows, kicks off the Carnival Season on the Twelfth Night with a satirical streetcar parade and ride along St. Charles Avenue.

Krewe du Vieux
French Quarter

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Krewe du Vieux

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 (best to leave the kids at home for this one), as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and traditional jazz bands in New Orleans.

krewedelusion
French Quarter

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kreweDelusion
krewedelusion encompasses many smaller parading clubs and krewes, featuring many different “innerkrewes” in their festively satirical parade.

Krewe of Cork
French Quarter

The Krewe of Cork a group of revelers celebrating the joys of fine wine and having fun, parading through the French Quarter donning wine and grape-related costumes.

‘tit Rəx
Marigny

This krewe takes the term “micro-krewe” to the next level, throwing the cities’ most petite parade, featuring truly spectacular and intricate miniature Mardi Gras floats and throws. ‘tit Rəx (pronounced “tee Rex”) focuses on celebrating the small things in life, in which the parade emphasis quality over size and quantity.

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus
Marigny

This krewe was founded to celebrate its namesake movie, featuring Stormtroopers, Princess Leias, the "Bar2D2" mobile keg, and of course, Chewbacca. As the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus has grown, so have the included nerdy fan cultures, complete with “Dr. Who,” “Star Trek,” and other sci-fi/fantasy films, TV shows and characters.

Krewe of Barkus
French Quarter

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Barkus

The Krewe of Barkus provides undoubtedly the most adorable walking parade, featuring dogs in costumes and tiny floats. Proceeds from the parade benefit animal organizations in New Orleans and Gulf South areas.

Krewe of Bosom Buddies
French Quarter

The Krewe of Bosom Buddies is an all female walking Krewe formed to celebrate New Orleans, while empowering women. The exclusive signature throw of the Bosom Buddies is a hand decorate bra.

Krewe of Robyn
Marigny

The Krewe of Robyn is an entire krewe dedicated to a Swedish pop star, Robyn. This krewe is an LGBT-friendly walking krewe comprised of quirky costumes and high fashion ensembles, jamming to songs like “Dancing on My Own” with a keg on wheels. The parade usually begins at Big Daddy's bar, makes its way to the river, then through the French Quarter, up Bourbon Street and back towards the Marigny.

Red Beans Parade
Marigny

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Red Beans

The Red Beans krewe takes artistry to a new level with hand-made elaborate mosaic costumes using the classic New Orleans staple, red beans. From an entire car “beaned” for the Lundi Gras parade to all the costumes created from this legume, this parade is inspired by the cities’ love for red beans and rice and the culture of carnival.

 
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