Zulu, Rex: Schedule, maps and how to watch Mardi Gras day parades in New Orleans

Zulu, Rex: Schedule, maps and how to watch Mardi Gras day parades in New Orleans
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There will be a delay between the broadcast’s start and the floats reaching the cameras, which are located at The Times-Picayune office at 840 St. Charles Avenue. You can also watch on FacebookYouTube and Twitter.

The Parade Cam broadcast will be hosted by Quo Sylve of Kipp Schools with a guest appearance from John Pope from NOLA.com.

This year’s Parade Cam sponsors are NewOrleans.com and the National World War II Museum.

Looking for another NOLA.com Parade Cam broadcast? Click here for the full schedule.

What to expect

More than 1,100 male riders on 44 floats will parade under the theme “Celebrations and libations Zulu Style.”

The Zulu coconut remains one of the most coveted throws of the Mardi Gras season. Members hand decorated the coconuts before tossing them to people on the parade route.

There will be 440 Rex riders on 29 floats, and they will parade under the theme “The Two Worlds of Lafcadio Hearn – New Orleans and Japan.” Themed floats include La Cuisine Creole and The Festive.

Each float has its own beads and sports towels.

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What’s the meaning behind the Rex theme?

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), the inspiration for this year’s Rex parade, was a writer and foodie extraordinaire whose life spanned three continents. He was born in Greece and lived in Europe before moving to the United States, where he spent slightly more than a decade in New Orleans. In 1890, after three years in the West Indies, Hearn moved to Japan, which became his home for the rest of his life.

In the 120 years since his death, Hearn has become an obscure literary figure. But at the end of the 19th century, he was just as celebrated as such writers as Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe and Robert Louis Stevenson, wrote Andrei Codrescu, the writer and longtime New Orleans-based NPR correspondent, in a Paris Review article in 2019.

Read the full story from John Pope here.

Parade route

Check out the full routes on the maps below.

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About Zulu

The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club formed in 1909. Zulu’s founders chose their costumes to mock the demeaning portrayals of Black people in early 20th century culture and the pretensions of the all-White parading organizations of the time.

Each year, members don black makeup, wear grass skirts and hand out coconuts following in the example of their brave founders.


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