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Look who else celebrates Mardi Gras on Sunday, Feb. 8!

posted Feb 7, 2015, 7:24 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 7:25 PM ]
In New Orleans, Mardi Gras isn’t just a day; it’s actually a twelve-day series of events organized by private clubs known as krewes — organizations that each host a ball and parade. Thousands of masked revelers belong to over sixty different krewes; and just as one pot of gumbo varies from the next, krewes have distinct flavors. To accommodate each other, they schedule their celebrations on different days and times. So as we commemorate Mardi Gras, here are the seven official krewes that will also revel on Sunday, February 8…

The all-male Krewe of Carrollton, named for the uptown neighborhood where it rolls, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, making it the fourth oldest parading organization behind Rex, Proteus, and Zulu. The coed Krewe of King Arthur is the biggest group on this day with 600 members who are known for making their own floats and costumes by hand. The Krewe of Alla, named for ALgiers, LA, has chosen the theme this year of "Land of the Free and Home of the Brave." The all-female Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale was just founded last year, and in addition to beads and doubloons, made headlines for throwing ladies compacts! And the Krewe Of Barkus has “gone to the dogs” as man’s best friend parades through the French Quarter with human escorts!

Meanwhile, across Lake Ponchartrain in the city of Slidell, the Krewe of Dionysus rolls on eighteen floats, including eleven double-deckers! The Krewe of Tchefuncte is a boat parade cruising the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, one of Louisiana’s oldest permanent settlements! So as they say in New Orleans, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”