NEW ORLEANS — Three Mardi Gras krewes will get the party started in Uptown New Orleans Thursday night.
The Knights of Babylon, the Knights of Chaos, and the Krewe of Muses are set to roll 30 minutes earlier than their original start times due to anticipated inclement weather.
The Knights of Babylon will lead the way starting at 5 p.m. near the intersection of Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue. Founded in 1939, the Knights of Bablyon will celebrate the krewe's 80th anniversary.
Along with their signature throws, the krewe is also introducing a new Babylon jester doll throw.
Following the Knights of Babylon are the Knights of Chaos. This is the 19th year that the all-male krewe has rolled. The identity of the krewe's king - known as Chaos - is never revealed. The krewe, which is known for its satirical themes, begins at 6 p.m.
Lastly, the Krewe of Muses will round out Thursday's parades with more than 1,100 women riding on 26 floats. This year, parade-goers should look for giant color changing disco balls and miracle glow beads along with the highly coveted decorated high heels. Muses is set to begin at 6 p.m.
This year's honorary Muse is New Orleans native Patricia Clarkson. Clarkson is an Emmy Award and Golden Globe-winning actress. She is the daughter of former New Orleans city councilmember Jackie Clarkson and her husband Buzz.
With action-packed parades happing around large crowds, the City of New Orleans is taking precautions to ensure that everyone is safe.
Streetcar Changes for Mardi Gras
City leaders are urging parade-goers to take public transportation - including streetcars - to avoid traffic. That being said, the RTA has announced that some streetcars will not operate on parts St. Charles Avenue during Mardi Gras celebrations.
Starting Wednesday, the St. Charles streetcar will not operate between Napolean Avenue and Canal Street. That section has been suspended until 2:25 a.m. Wednesday, March 6.
Before and after parades, a shuttle bus service will be provided along St. Charles Avenue and riders can board at any St. Charles stop. There will be no shuttle service to Canal Street on Mardi Gras day.
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During parades, shuttle service will travel from Valence to Freret, Freret to Louisiana, then from Louisiana along Lasalle to Simon Bolivar to Loyola. Buses will stop at Elk & Canal. Heading Uptown, buses will go from Canal to S. Rampart to Perdido, then from Loyola to Simon Bolivar to Louisiana. From Louisiana, buses will travel to Freret, then along Freret to Valence, taking Valence to St. Charles.
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