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he Super Bowl is in New Orleans this week, but even that spectacle can’t eclipse the pageantry of Carnival. There are parades and festivities in Jefferson Parish this weekend. Three Metairie parades pass by the Family Gras festivities. And the 80-year-old Krewe of Alla maintains its tradition on the West Bank, although this year’s altered route is entirely in Jefferson Parish. My previews include information about krewe themes, royalty, throws and more. Enjoy the parades, and watch for my reviews after Carnival. Enjoy!

Three parades roll down Veterans Memorial Boulevard during Family Gras, passing right by the festival. PHOTO BY CHERYL GERBER

The krewe celebrates Louisiana festivals. Floats depict events including Mardi Gras, French Quarter Festival and the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.

Caesar celebrates famous parks. Floats depict SeaWorld, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Dollywood. One special inclusion in the parade is the Louisiana National Guard Army band with a color guard wearing historical 1812 uniforms.

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Atlas 7:30 p.m. Location: Metairie Theme: Enjoying Louisiana Year Round Floats: 12 Queen: Victoria Thibodaux Throws: beads

Caesar 6 p.m. Location: Metairie Theme: Caesar’s Walk in the Park Floats: 26 King: Sal Gambino Queen: Eleanor Elizabeth Nix Throws: plush battle axes, plush teddy bears in Caesar sweatshirts, black and gold beads, krewe logo beads, cups and doubloons

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The Krewe of Excalibur celebrates famous women from history and literature. Krewe maids will be dressed as notorious women — Cruella de Vil, Delilah, Grace O’Malley and Marie Antoinette. Floats will depict famous and heroic women, including Oprah Winfrey, Mother Teresa and Cinderella, and all women riders will wear light-up headdresses.

The Krewe of Alla uses a golden griffin as a symbol. This year, the parade theme presents an array of real and mythical flying creatures. Floats depict the griffin and phoenix as well as the American Bald Eagle and a “Wise Old Owl.”

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Alla Noon Location: West Bank Theme: Alla Takes Flight Floats: 23 Maharajah: William J. Landry Jr. Maharanee: Sydney Rae Sudderth Throws: plush genie lamps, golden griffins and spears, throwing discs, doubloons

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Excalibur 7 p.m. Location: Metairie Theme: Knightingales: The Good, the Bad and the Lovely Floats: 21 King: Chris Roberts Queen: Carole DeZarn Grand Marshal: Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni Throws: hand-made shields, logo medallions, lightup glitter balls, wands and necklaces, doubloons

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arnival is the largest street party in the world, drawing millions of people every year from all across the globe. Family Gras in Metairie adds another dimension to the celebration with a two-day, family-oriented festival of music, food, kids’ activities, art and more — all on a route where parades will roll. (Note: No parades are scheduled in Orleans Parish on this weekend due to Super Bowl.) Everyone’s invited. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

• Family Gras is Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2. • Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, with the first music act taking the stage at noon; and 1 p.m.-till on Saturday, with music starting at 2 p.m. • The festival is located on the neutral ground of Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, in front of Lakeside Shopping Center. • Admission is free. • The VIP Royal Pass provides close-up views of bands playing in Festival Plaza, with passes to special decks on each side of the main stage and opportunities to meet the musicians during meet-and-greet sessions. In addition, VIP Royal Passholders have access to reserved bathrooms, get two meal tickets and two beverage tickets good for cuisine catered by Messina’s. There also is a premium cash bar.

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Royal Passes are $99 for both days and are available at Ticketmaster.com through Thursday, Jan. 31. Passes are also available on site the days of the festival (cash only). • Costuming is encouraged, and themes are Fun Friday, when you dress in your favorite Carnival costume; and Sports Saturday, when you wear your favorite team colors. • The Festival Stage features a host of local and national groups ranging from Amanda Shaw to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and covering a variety of music genres. • The Food Court offers cuisine from local restaurants, caterers and food vendors. (See a list of food vendors and the dishes they offer on p. 7.) • Kids’ activities include a rock climbing wall, the Bubble Blast and more. • The Art Market exhibits specialty art and crafts for sale. • Family Gras is on the parade route. The Krewe of Atlas hits the street at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by the Krewe of Excaliber parade at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Krewe of Caesar begins at 6 p.m. and parades on the same route. It takes about an hour for the parade to arrive at Family Gras. • More than 80,000 people attended Family Gras 2012.

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• Budweiser, Coca-Cola products and bottled water will be sold on site. • No outside food or beverages allowed. • No pets. • No skateboards or bikes on festival grounds. (Bike racks will be provided.) • For more information, visit www.familygras.com, www. facebook. com/familygras or follow the fest on Twitter: @FamilyGras.


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Benedict’s Plantation • Blackened shrimp po-boy

MyMe’s Catering • Crawfish pasta

• Blackened Angus sliders • Blue crab sliders

• Stuffed crab with potato salad • Hot wings with fries • BBQ shrimp po-boy • Fried fish with crawfish sauce

Big Wil & the Warden LLC New Orleans Cookery • Rib-eye steak po-boy with fries • Alligator sausage po-boy with fries • Jambalaya catfish • Bacon-wrapped shrimp sandwich with fries • Soft-shell crab po-boy with fries • Chicken on a stick • Corn dog • Gyro with fries • Funnel cake

• Deep-fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich • Red beans and rice • Onion mum • Shrimp stew • Tornado fries

• Bacon-wrapped burger • Double chocolate caramel brownie • Chocolate truffle

• Louisiana crab cake • King crab fritters • Eggplant St. Thomas (with shrimp and crawfish cream sauce) • Alligator on a stick

New Orleans Original Daiquiris • 12-ounce, 24-ounce and 32-ounce daiquiris • White Russian • Margarita • Jungle Juice • Pina colada

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The Happy Belly • Deep-fried Oreos

New Orleans Hot Dogs & Chocolate Devil • Bacon-wrapped hot dog

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JEFFERSON PARISH FAMILY GRAS ALTERNATE BUS ROUTE

DOWNTOWN SHUTTLE TO FAMILY GRAS

1 FREE SHUTTLE 2 PICK UP LOCATIONS: * If you are staying along the “as needed” route, please alert your bus driver. Buses run on approximately 30 minute intervals.

SHUTTLE LOCATION 1:

Hilton St. Charles, 333 St. Charles Ave

(across from the Hotel Intercontinental)

SHUTTLE LOCATION 2:

Adventures in New Orleans 414 Canal Street First shuttle from downtown Friday - 1:30 PM Saturday - 11:30 AM Last shuttle from downtown Friday - 7:00 PM Saturday - 6:30 PM Last shuttle from Family Gras Friday - 11:00 PM Saturday - 10:00 PM

RUNS EVERY 30 MINUTES (all times are approximate)

FRIDAY BUS TIMES

SATURDAY BUS TIMES

FAMILY GRAS ROUTE: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

FAMILY GRAS ROUTE ONLY: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM

(Prior to 7:00 PM Existing Bus Routes will apply. After 10:00 PM the route can service the Williams Boulevard and Veterans Boulevard area to cover those hotels if needed by riders.)

(None of the Existing Bus Routes will run on Saturday)

To accommodate the many residents and visitors attending Family Gras, Jefferson Transit will be running an additional route on Friday, February 1st and Saturday, February 2nd. Please note that during regular service hours, riders will need to take existing Jefferson Transit routes to the Family Gras event. The added service is to accommodate riders after normal routes have stopped running. The Family Gras route will run on Friday, February 1st, from 7:00 PM until Midnight and on Saturday, February 2nd, from 11:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Starting at 17th Street and Causeway Boulevard the route will proceed down Causeway Boulevard turning right onto W. Napoleon Avenue and heading toward Clearview Boulevard. At Clearview Boulevard the route will take a left heading toward the Elmwood Shopping Center. The bus will then turn right onto Mounes Street proceeding to Elmwood Parkway where it will turn right heading toward Citrus Boulevard. At Citrus Boulevard the bus will turn right proceeding to Clearview Parkway where it will then take a left and travel to West Esplanade. Once at West Esplanade the bus will turn right traveling to Causeway Boulevard and return to the intersection of 17th Street and Causeway. Please call 504-367-7433 with questions concerning the routes.

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