Mardi Gras revelers crowded the streets of the French Quarter and CBD in New Orleans on Saturday night (Jan. 31) to catch two of the earliest parades of the Carnival season: the irreverent, do-it-yourself processions of the Krewe du Vieux and Krewe Delusion.
The raw satire of the Krewe du Vieux has made the parade a New Orleans favorite. This year's theme was "Krewe du Vieux Begs for Change," and targets included CIA torture tactics, brain-eating amoebas and flip-flopping politicians. One big change was that the krewe followed a new route, crossing Canal Street for the first time in order to reach its Krewe du Vieux Doo afterparty at the Civic Theatre. Jim Aiken, head of emergency services at the LSU Interim Hospital, ruled as king.
Krewe Delusion followed with a parade depicting the theme "Metamorphacity." Reigning over the march was burlesque star Trixie Minx, who was crowned "Empress of the Insane and Captain of New Orleans."