Mardi Gras 2009

photo of Mardi Gras beads

While Mardi Gras Day falls on Tuesday, February 24 this year, the parades, balls, parties and King Cakes of Carnival season traditionally begin on the 6th of January every year, also known as the Epiphany.

Our show hosts are playing tons of Carnival music, making this one of the best times of year to tune into WWOZ.

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Parade Highlights

Krewe of Oshun doubloon

Krewe of Oshun

Friday, February 13 at 6 p.m.

Uptown Route

The Krewe of Oshun was formed in 1996 in honor of the Yoruba goddess of love, and the krewe's royalty usually sport traditional African-style garments. One of the first integrated and co-ed Carnival organizations, the theme of this year's parade is "Story Time Rhyme." The parade will feature seven bands and three dance groups, with DJ Captain Charles as Oshun's celebrity guest.

» See a map of Oshun's parade route 

border made out of beads

Photo of Sally Barker, long-time member of Krewe of Barkus

Krewe of Barkus

Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.

French Quarter

The first Carnival krewe to open its membership to all dogs, "regardless of their past," the Mystic Krewe of Barkus was dreamed up in 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr Fan Club held at Good Friends Bar. The krewe aims to call attention to homeless animals in shelters across our area waiting to be adopted into a good home, and proceeds benefit regional animal rescue and welfare organizations.

» Go to the Krewe of Barkus website

photo of Unified Mardi Gras Indian PracticeMardi Gras Indians

Many New Orleanians get in shape for Carnival by attending weekly Mardi Gras Indian practices held at several clubs around town.

One of the most popular is the Unified Mardi Gras Indian Practice at Handa Wanda's, 2425 Dryades Street, every Sunday evening.

photo of Big Chief Bo Dollis by Leni SinclairLearn more about the Mardi Gras Indians:

» See our WWOZ Show Host Blog for more information about Mardi Gras Indian practices

» Visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum

» Visit the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame

» Second and Dryades Mardi Gras Indian Federation

» Listen to a Street Talk story about the Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians

» Listen to a Street Talk story on the Mardi Gras Indians

photo of Zulu King by Ann Heisenfelt

From Tramps to Kings: 100 Years of Zulu

The Louisiana State Museum and the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club proudly present "From Tramps to Kings: 100 Years of Zulu," a major new exhibit exploring the origins, unique Carnival traditions, and cultural and civic contributions of Zulu from 1909 to the present. "From Tramps to Kings" features more than 100 seldom-seen treasures loaned by Zulu members. Highlights include a ballroom tableau of 14 former Zulu Kings and Queens in bejeweled costumes and elaborate headdresses, and all seven of Zulu’s comic parade characters including the Big Shot of Africa, the Witch Doctor, and the Ambassador.

» View the on-line exhibit at The Louisiana State Museum website
» Visit the Krewe of Zulu website

2009 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


St. Joan of Arc - French Quarter, 6 p.m.
Phunny Phorty Phellows - Mid-City, 7 p.m.



Krewe of Slidellians - Slidell, 1 p.m.



Brid - Lakeview, 6 p.m.



Krewe of Bilge Boat Parade - Oak Harbor Marina, Slidell, noon
Krewe du Vieux - French Quarter, 6:30 p.m.



Little Rascals - Metairie, noon
Mystic Krewe of Perseus - Slidell, 1 p.m.



Dionysus - Slidell, 1:30 p.m.
Krewe of Cork - French Quarter, 3 p.m.
Oshun - Uptown, 6 p.m.
Cleopatra - West Bank, 6:30 p.m.
Pygmalion - Uptown, 6:45 p.m.
Eve - Mandeville, 7 p.m.
Excalibur - Metairie, 7 p.m.
Mona Lisa and Moon Pie - Slidell, 7 p.m.
Atlas - Metairie, 7:30 p.m.



Choctaw - West Bank, 11:30 a.m.
Adonis - West Bank, noon
Shangri-La - French Quarter, 2 p.m.
Pontchartrain - Uptown, 2 p.m.
Olympia - Covington, 6 p.m.
Caesar - Metairie, 6 p.m.
Sparta - Uptown, 6 p.m.
Pegasus - Uptown, 6:45 p.m.



Alla - West Bank, noon
Carrollton - Uptown, noon
King Arthur - Uptown, 1:15 p.m.
Barkus - French Quarter, 2 p.m.
Nemesis - Chalmette, 2 p.m.
Rhea - Metairie, 1 p.m.
Centurions - Metairie, 5:30 p.m.



Druids - Uptown, 6:30 p.m.
Thor - Metairie, 7 p.m.


Babylon - Uptown, 5:45 p.m.
Muses - Uptown, 6:15 p.m.
Chaos - Uptown, 6:30 p.m



Hermes - Uptown, 6 p.m.
d’Etat - Uptown, 6 p.m.
Selene - Slidell, 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus - Uptown, 7 p.m.
Aphrodite - Chalmette, 7 p.m.
Orpheus - Mandeville, 7 p.m.



NOMTOC - West Bank, 10:45 a.m.
Iris - Uptown, 11 a.m.
Lul - Luling, noon
Tucks - Uptown, 12:15 p.m.
Towahpasah - Reserve, 1 p.m.
Endymion - Uptown, 4:15 p.m.
Isis - Metairie, 6:30 p.m.



Okeanos - Uptown, 11 a.m.
Mid-City - Uptown, 11:45 a.m.
Thoth - Uptown, noon
Du Monde - LaPlace, noon
Bacchus - Uptown, 5:15 p.m.
Napoleon - Metairie, 5:30 p.m.
Tchefuncte - Madisonville, 2 p.m.
Des Allemands - Des Allemands, 2 p.m.



Proteus - Uptown, 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus - Uptown, 6 p.m.
Zeus - Metairie, 6:30 p.m.



Zulu - Uptown, 8 a.m.
Rex - Uptown, 10 a.m.
Elks Orleans - Uptown, follows Rex
Crescent City - Uptown, follows Elks
Argus - Metairie, 10:00 a.m.
Jefferson Trucks - Metairie, follows Argus
Elks Jefferson - Metairie, follows Jefferson Trucks
Lions - Covington, 10 a.m.
Covington - follows Lions
Grela - West Bank, 11 a.m.


» View parade schedule
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Mardi Gras Around the World

Australia's Perth Blues Club's Mardi Gras Party

On January 24 from noon to midnight, Australia's Perth Blues Club hosted its inaugural Mardi Gras celebration at the Charles Hotel in Perth. The event was hosted by non-profit organizations, and while it's inspired by New Orleans, the flavor is uniquely Western Australian.

Mystick Krewe of Louisianians Mardi Gras Ball in Washington, D.C.

The capitol's 2009 Mardi Gras Ball was held on January 31, with the theme of "Sunshine on the Delta." The 2009 Chairman is U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-Quitman), and the King and Queen are Roy O. Martin III and Laura Kathryn Martin of Alexandria, Louisiana. The ball was sponsored by the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians, which boasts over 400 members in D.C.

Happy Carnival from WWOZ» Mardi Gras parades in Baton Rouge
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» Carnival 2009 in Salvador da Bahia, Brasil
» Carnival celebrations in Brasil (in Portuguese)
» International Carnival Calendar
» More Mardi Gras celebrations around the world

photo of King CakeKing Cakes

Where to Buy

» Gambino's Bakery
» Haydel's Bakery
» Randazzo's Camellia City Bakery


» Emeril Lagasse's King Cake Recipe
» Mardi Gras Cream Cheese Filled King Cake

The Making Of. . .

» Watch a video of the making of a King Cake at Haydel's Bakery
» Read a little bit about the history of King Cakes

Read More:

» See WWOZ's Mardi Gras coverage from 2008

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