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GoNOLA Recommends: 5 Things To Do In New Orleans This Weekend

Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans (Photo: Zack Smith)

Now that we’ve wrapped up the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras is in full swing again! You’ve had a week to recuperate from the first run of parades, so you better be ready to go because this weekend is going to be one for the books. Whether you’re attending parades, greasing the poles at the Royal Sonesta or getting coated in color at the Color Run, be sure to do it big because you’ll be waiting another 365 for a weekend like this. Happy Mardi Gras, NOLA!

Friday, February 8

1. Hermes/d’Etat/Morpheus – I hope you have your costume ready because the parades are back! The weekend will kick off with nearly 700 men parading through Uptown for the Krewe of Hermes at 6pm. You can then stay Uptown to catch the Krewe of d’Etat  at 6:30 p.m. and Morpheus at 7 p.m.!

2. Greasing of the Poles – If you head to the Royal Sonesta you’ll find a gorgeous hotel, and a man dressed in a cummerbund with a silver tray and Vaseline. Greasing of the Poles started over 40 years ago to keep people from climbing the poles up to the coveted balcony space by coating the support beams with Vaseline. Pretty clever if you ask me and a hilariously fun Mardi Gras tradition!

Saturday, February 9

3. Iris/Tucks/Endymion – And the parades continue! You can catch Iris, the oldest and largest all-female Krewe in New Orleans at 11 a.m. before heading to see the satirical infused Tucks parade at 12 p.m. Once you get those two down, head to Mid-City to catch Endymion at 4 p.m.

4. The Color Run – Get ready to celebrate Mardi Gras in color! This 5k claims to be the “happiest 5k” and once you run it, you’ll see why. The race is more focused on fun and less focused on speed and is great for families as it invites runners of all ages. You are required to have on a white shirt to cross the start line and for the next three miles you’ll be covered in the brightest colors and end up looking like you just popped out of the Willy Wonka factory. So don’t even worry about tie-dying a shirt for Mardi Gras – just come burn some calories and make your costume. Pretty brilliant, isn’t it? You can find more information online.

Sunday, February 10

5. Okeanos/Mid-City/Thoth/Bacchus – Wrap up your weekend by heading out to catch a few more parades! Okeanos will begin at 11 a.m. in Uptown and end in downtown New Orleans. Once you catch that, and then head to Mid-City to see what many have dubbed “the best day parade in Mardi Gras” as the Krewe of Mid-City parades through at 11:45 a.m. Next, you’ll need to head back Uptown to catch Thoth at 12 p.m. and Bacchus at 5 p.m.!

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