The adult-themed parade rolls through Marigny, the French Quarter and parts of the CBD. It starts at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Royal Street. The parade moves to Frenchmen Street until it turns right on Decatur Street, then heads for St. Philip Street. The krewe turns back onto Royal Street, makes a left on St. Peter Street before turning back onto Decatur Street. From there, it crosses Canal Street onto Magazine Street. It winds through the CBD before ending at O'Keefe and Lafayette Street.
The Krewe du Vieux (KdV) was founded in 1987, born from the ashes of the fabled Krewe of Clones. The Clones began in 1978, based out of the Contemporary Arts Center. This “Art Parade” became wildly popular for their imaginative and creative street performance art. By 1985, the Krewe of Clones had grown to 30 subkrewes and over 1500 marchers.
After the Clones imposed rules designed to create a respectable Uptown parade, Craig “Spoons” Johnson of the Krewe of Underwear and Don Marshall of Le Petite Theatre du Vieux Carre conspired to form a new parading Krewe. Their intent was to bring back parading in the French Quarter in the free-wheeling style of the Clones without myriad rules and expenses. Free from the constraints of decorum and reality, KdV was established as an official parade.
The “Krewe du Vieux Carre” would henceforth march in the French Quarter on the third Saturday before Fat Tuesday. The Krewe’s historical name, suggested by Don Marshall, paid homage to Le Petit Theatre, one of KdV’s earliest supporters. The theater was the pre-parade gathering spot for several years, with many of their performers joining the entourage.
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