Rex royally leads 3 Mardi Gras parades Tuesday in New Orleans

Rex Mardi Gras throws 2016 A sampling of Mardi Gras throws the members of Rex will throw on Fat Tuesday.

Mardi Gras fans will be able to enjoy three parades on Fat Tuesday (Feb. 9) on the Uptown New Orleans route. Rex starts at 10 a.m., followed by the Elks Krewe of Orleanians and Crescent City truck parades.

Rex began in 1872 and started many of the Carnival symbols and traditions in New Orleans. This year the krewe introduces the Butterfly King, its fifth permanent float. The king of Carnival is Michael Kearney.

Truck parades also are part of Carnival history. In addition to throwing liberally, Elks Orleanians and Crescent City choose winners of truck designs in their parades."


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  • Want to keep the party going? There are lots of parades to come, and we have compiled an easy-to-use guide to each one.
  • Of course, parades aren't much fun if you are hungry or thirsty. To fix that problem, see the online restaurant guide and bar guide compiled by our staff critics. There's even a Mardi Gras healthy eating guide for those of you getting into the healthy-in-2016 groove.
  • For a complete list of 2016 Mardi Gras season parades, check out