Think it's crazy trying to get to the Endymion parade? Imagine how nuts it would be to see Endymion and Bacchus on the same night -- in the same place.
Six years ago, that's what folks did. As NOLA.com reported March 4, 2011, the Krewe of Endymion announced it would roll behind Bacchus on the Uptown Mardi Gras season parade route in New Orleans on Sunday, because of strong thunderstorms and heavy rain predicted for Endymion's regular Saturday ride starting in Mid-City.
The earlier Saturday parades, Tucks and Iris on the Uptown route, and NOMTOC in Algiers, rolled an hour earlier than usual to try to beat the worst of the weather, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said the night before in a hastily called news conference with Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Endymion officials said celebrity grand marshals Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa agreed to stay over a day and ride with Endymion after Bacchus.
"We would rather be on Orleans Avenue," Endymion captain Ed Muniz said. "But we're grateful to the other krewes for allowing us to do this. ... It's just going to be a horrendous day'' he said of that Saturday's weather.
"There would have been a lot of people sleeping on Orleans Avenue tonight, but we saved them from that and gave them the chance for a nice dry bed," Muniz said of the thousands who historically camp out on neutral grounds to stake out a parade-watching spot.
Endymion returned to Mid-City in 2012, but it wasn't easy. The weather chose not to cooperate again, yet fans and krewe members alike were determined. A pre-parade concert was canceled, but the parade went on despite the dismal forecast. It rolled more than an hour after the original start time of 4:15 p.m.
One Endymion fan, Jonathan Cadow, told NOLA.com in 2012 that in 2011 when the parade was moved to Sunday night and followed Bacchus, it just wasn't the same. "It wasn't Endymion," he said. It started too late and sped by too quickly, Cadow said of a parade that stretched into the wee hours of Lundi Gras.
The 2011 change of route was a blow to Mid-City businesses as well, Jennifer Ransier, co-owner of the Red Door bar on Carrollton Avenue, told NOLA.com in 2012. "It killed us," she said, after spending about $5,000 to gear up for the event.
Endymion, she said, "makes us. It's our Jazzfest, our Mardi Gras day. It makes our year."
In 2017, however, Endymion fans have no worries. The skies are gorgeous and the parade is set to roll Saturday (Feb. 25) at 4:30 p.m. Here's a look at some of the throws you can catch:
And here are the celebrities Endymion has lined up this year: