Lundi Gras marks the kickoff of the final celebrations leading up to Mardi Gras, and tonight, the krewes of Proteus and Orpheus will take center stage in New Orleans. Here’s what you need to know:
- The parades will be livestreamed on the NOLA.com Parade Cam starting at 5:15 p.m. The Parade Cam broadcast will be hosted by entrepreneur and host Alex Pomes and The NOLA Project actor Khiry Armstead.
- You can watch the livestream on NOLA.com, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
- This year’s Parade Cam sponsors are NewOrleans.com and the National World War II Museum.
Krewe of Proteus:
- The Krewe of Proteus will be the first to roll, with 230 male riders and 34 riding lieutenants on 20 floats.
- Their theme for this year is “Commedia dell’Arte,” featuring colorful characters inspired by Italian theatrical form known for improv.
- Look out for aquatic-themed throws, including seahorse beads and the king riding in a giant seashell.
Krewe of Orpheus:
- Following Proteus, the Krewe of Orpheus will parade with 1,500 riders on 42 floats.
- Their theme for this year is “Music of the Spheres,” featuring floats like Smokey Mary and the brand new Baby Octopus.
- Celebrity monarchs Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka will lead the parade, with musician Taylor Dayne riding and performing at the Orpheuscapade party.
- The parades will start on Napoleon Avenue and then head downtown on St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street, where they will conclude.
- The Krewe of Orpheus is known for its signature throws of silver and gold doubloons, which are about the size of a coaster.
- Officially, purple and green should never touch, so the colors should be displayed top to bottom or left to right in the order of purple, gold, and green.
- From Friday, Feb. 2 through Mardi Gras on Feb. 13, The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com will livestream every parade that rolls by their St. Charles Avenue newsroom.
For those looking for the complete parade list with dates, times, and maps, The Times-Picayune | NOLA.com has it all covered. Let the festivities begin!