Krewe Du Vieux: A Grassroots Mardi Gras

In just over a month, festival season kicks off with New Orleans’  wildly satirical parade Krewe du Vieux. Save this one for a friends’ night out with  sexual innuendoes, potty humor and dark satire starring social, political and cultural issues in New Orleans. The corrupt nature of the New Orleans government is consistently the butt of the jokes; floats often times portray local politicians in incriminating poses. Last year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was accused of copulating with livestock in the parade’s newsletter.

As one of NOLA’s few grassroots parades, KdV constructs their floats entirely from scratch. Due to the early nature of the parade, the crowd participating in the festivities consists of mainly locals and kicks off in the historic Marigny neighborhood and makes its way into the French Quarter. The Krewe encourages heavy drinking before, during and after the parade truly heightening the debauchery of the event.

Parade Route, February 15th, 6:00PM

kdvroute2014The Krewe du Vieux parade originated in 1987 from the fall of the Krewe of Clones, the rudimentary creative and artistically inclined parade. As times changed however, the Krewe of Clones headed Uptown to St. Charles St. for a more wholesome  approach to Mardi Gras festivities. The sub-sects of the Krewe of Clones came together to form the current Krewe du Vieux. The parade now commences every third Saturday before Fat Tuesday to celebrate the local and lasciviousness side of New Orleans life.

Come on out this February 15th, and keep your political correctness at home, because Krewe du Vieux needs the eyes of the open-minded. Though we do not yet know the theme of the parade, we do know that it will be filled with scandal, sex, religion and politics.

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