The 2015 Dolphin guide to Mardi Gras

image1By Meghan Henoumont

Round, metallic and plastic, they appear at first as smashed shards in the middle of Frenchmen. Undetectable to the eye they began their assault in secret. Then, February comes. They spread: swinging from tree branches and power lines where they catch the light of passing cars and glint in response. They wait, until the final week when they crowd streetcar cables like strands of fallen stars, and finally, defeated, are stuffed into plastic shopping bags to be left in huge knots until next year’s Mardi Gras. Ah, the circle of life. Could any other city appreciate the gaudy beauties that are Mardi Gras beads quite like we do? We think not.

It’s hard to believe it but carnival season is under way! So go ahead, dust off your sequin pants and stuff your face with king cake until your mouth is stained purple. While you’re at it check out this Mardi Gras guide from the Dolphin staff to you. Who loves ya? We do! That’s why we’ve included the 2015 New Orleans parade schedule, a guide to finding the most delicious king cakes in the city, a list of the best excuses to get out of work (you can’t see it but we’re winking) and a D.I.Y costume guide. Enjoy your break from class and stay safe. We’ll see you out there.

Here it is: The 2015 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule (Subject to Change):

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Druids   6:30 p.m.              Uptown

Nyx          7:00 p.m.              Uptown

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Knights of Babylon           5:30 p.m.              Uptown

Chaos    6:30 p.m.              Uptown

Muses   6:30 p.m.              Uptown

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hermes                  6:00 p.m.             Uptown

Le Krewe D’etat                 6:30 p.m.              Uptown

Selene 6:30 p.m.              Slidell

Morpheus            7:00 p.m.              Uptown

Centurions          7:00 p.m.              Metairie

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NOMTOC                10:45 a.m.           Westbank

Iris           11:00 a.m.           Uptown

Tucks     Noon      Uptown

Endymion             4:15 p.m.              Mid-City

Isis          6:30 p.m.              Metairie

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Okeanos                11:00 a.m.           Uptown

Mid-City                 11:45 p.m.           Uptown

Thoth     Noon      Uptown

Bacchus                 5:15 p.m.              Uptown

Napoleon             5:30 p.m.              Metairie

Monday, February 16, 2015

Proteus                  5:15 p.m.              Uptown

Orpheus                6:00 p.m.              Uptown

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Zulu        8:00 a.m.              Uptown

Rex          10:00 a.m.           Uptown

Elks Orleanians (Truck Parade)                    Follows Rex         Uptown

Cresent City (Truck Parade)         Follows Elks Orleanais Uptown

Grela     10:00 a.m.           Gretna

Argus     10:00 a.m.           Metairie

Krewe of Jefferson (Truck Parade)             Follows Argus    Metairie

Elks Jeffersonians (Truck Parade)              Follows Krewe of Jefferson          Metairie

Lyra        10:00 a.m.           Covington

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