It looks like it might be a wet start to the West Bank Carnival season this weekend, so put on your rain coat, bring your umbrella and let the good times roll!
Krewe of Cleopatra Parade
Cleopatra rolls through Algiers and Terrytown starting at 6:30 pm Friday with the theme Cleopatra's Bits and Pieces of the Past. Following the traditional Algiers/Terrytown route, the all female krewe kicks off the West Bank parade weekend with 21 floats and a dozen marching bands and units. See the entire parade route here.
Krewe of Choctaw Parade
In a return to their traditional parade day, Choctaw will roll on Saturday at 11:30, immediately followed by the Mystic Knights of Adonis. With the theme Worldly Travels, Choctaw features 24 floats and multiple bands and marching units. Adonis is celebrating it's 10th anniversary with the theme Adonis Celebrates 10 Screamin' Years for the 14 float procession. See the entire parade route here.
As Choctaw turns onto Franklin Avenue in Gretna, they will pass the site of the Gretna Family Gras festival, featuring live music at the corner of Stumpf Blvd. and Franklin Ave. Workers have been setting up the stages this week, in anticipation of a great turn out to hear the sounds of the Dixie Cups, Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues and local favorite Irma Thomas. Admission to Family Gras is free, but the area will be gated and no ice chests will be allowed inside the gates.
pssst...Look for me on float #17, driver's side...I've got some great plush spears to throw!
Krewe of Alla Parade
Sunday starts early! Alla Gras, a family friendly celebration, will begin at 9 am on the neutral ground of General de Gaulle, between Kabel Drive and Rue Parc Fontaine. Featuring local musical acts Rockin' Dopsie, the Algiers Brass Band, Kermit Ruffins and more, the event is free. Food and drinks from local restaurants will be available for sale. The party will continue as the parade passes and wind up at 4:00 pm. Get there early to set up your chairs and snag a front row seat for the parade!
At 11:30 am, the Krewe of Alla will roll on the traditional Algiers/Terrytown route with 34 floats, a marching band contest and the Budweiser Clydesdales. The theme for this year's parade is Name That Tune. Alla is one of the few krewes still throwing doubloons and if you are lucky, you can scoop up the special turquoise and gold doubloons being thrown only from the Captain's float.
Be safe, stay dry and have a great West Bank weekend!