With enough adult themes to make you blush, Krewe du Vieux is a fun (and funny) satirical parade that is a fan favorite year after year. It’s also one of the few parades that has a downtown route — one that goes right past our hotel. Learn more about this delightfully raunchy krewe below, and be sure to watch their parade on January 23 at 6 p.m. Trust us: you’ll want to grab a happy hour drink at Latitude 29 before you go for some liquid courage.
Krewe du Vieux
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Krewe du Vieux is marking the occasion with bounce artist Big Freedia — she’ll serve as their monarch and is sure to be one of the highlights of the parade. The other highlight, of course, is the scathing satire scattered throughout Krewe du Vieux and its 17 sub-krewes. Rather than throw out predictable items like beads or cups, Krewe du Vieux peppers in surprising throws from plastic cockroaches to NSFW tattoos: it’s perfectly on brand with their envelope-pushing approach. The krewe has yet to finalize their route, but the parade will likely start in the Marigny and roll through the French Quarter. From there, it continues on through the Central Business District all the way to the Civic Theater, where they’ll host their ball starting at 9 p.m. Tickets for the ball are $40, available for purchase online or at Louisiana Music Factory on Frenchmen Street — it’s well worth the short walk from our hotel!
Why stop at just one satirical parade when you can have two? Krewedelusion is an ideal follow-up to Krewe du Vieux, carrying on the themes of raunchy satire and lampooning. Although krewedelusion keeps its theme secret every year, it will likely include floats that skewer politicians, pop culture figures, and more. This will be Delusion’s 7th time parading, with a ball to follow (called “The Bedlam Ball”) at 9 p.m. at Cafe Istanbul on St. Claude. Tickets are just $10 with a live musical performance from Tank and the Bangas.