: A krewe member and their human escort march with The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, a non-profit organization that supports animal welfare groups on February 23, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. DOGZILLA - Barkus Licks the Crescent City was the theme of the 22nd Mystic Krewe of Barkus Parade. (Photo by Monica McKlinski/Getty Images)

Weekend Picks: Let the Carnival marathon begin!

It's time to start the marathon.

by Mary Staes | February 20, 2019

Maybe you missed out on the rude and crude of the French Quarter parades last week. Well, get ready, it’s time to start the marathon of parade, after parade, after parade, for DAYS.

Get ready ya’ll, it has begun!

Friday, Feb. 22.


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#kreweofcork 2018 Parade Day

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What: Krewe of Cork
When: 3 p.m.
Where: French Quarter, Click here for the route
As the name suggests, this wine-themed krewe takes to the streets of the Quarter “to serve and pour”. Signature throws include beads strung with wine corks.

What: National Margarita Day
When: 11 a.m.
Where: The Velvet Cactus
Bottoms up! This Lakeview restaurant is celebrating with BOGO margaritas. If you buy a house margarita Friday, you’ll receive a card for a fee house margarita on your next visit.

The Velvet Cactus
Getting there
6300 Argonne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Mon-Thu 4:30 – 9 PM
Fri-Sat 11 AM – 10 PM
Sun 11 AM – 9 PM
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Saturday, Feb. 23

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What: Orpheus Open House
When: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Mardi Gras World
Get a behind the scenes look at one of the city’s super krewes with food and drink presented by each float group. Hot dogs, jambalaya and nachos will also be available, but make sure to bring money for parking, which is $15 in Lot J.

Mardi Gras World
Getting there
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Mon-Sun 9 AM – 5:30 PM
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What: Krewe of Pygmalion
When: 6:15 p.m.
Where: Uptown, click here to see the route
Pygmalion, started in 2000, like many night parades has wow factor with it’s lighted floats. It’s signature throws include hand decorated pigs. Pygmalion is the last of the Uptown parade Saturday, which start at 1 p.m. with the Krewe of Pontchartrain, followed by Choctaw, Freret and Sparta.

Sunday, Feb. 24

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What: Krewe of Barkus
When: 2 p.m.
Where: French Quarter, click here to see the route
When Carnival goes to the dogs, this krewe is usually who people are talking about. It’s the only krewe where the members are animals, and this year, the theme is “Barkus Goes To Comic Con.” Humans and their pups dress up in costume, and if you’re a good boy, signature throws are usually treats!


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Newest prized possession, my snowball in a Jazz cup grail from @luieats of @kreweofkingarthur! 🍧👸🏽

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What: Krewe of King Arthur
When: 6:15 p.m.
Where: French Quarter, click here to see the route
This krewe’s signature throw includes hand decorated grails, like the one above shaped like a snowball in a Jazz cup! This is the second to last parade on the Uptown route Sunday, along with Femme Fatale starting at 11 a.m., Carrollton, and Alla.

Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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