The Krewe of Cleopatra starts on Friday, Jan. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in Uptown New Orleans. It follows the traditional Uptown parade route, starting at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Magazine St. From there, the parade rolls to Napoleon Ave. and makes a left. Once it reaches St. Charles Ave., the parade makes a right and heads all the way past Lee Circle to Canal St. The krewe makes a U-turn at Burgundy St., heads back down Canal St., and then makes a right on Tchoupitoulas St., ending at Poydras St.
Over 40 years ago, a New Orleans family had a dream of combining their passion for Mardi Gras and their love for the city of New Orleans to create an all women's carnival krewe. After careful consideration and planning, the Krewe of Cleopatra was born. The name was chosen after the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra, who represents beauty, strength and femininity. The captain continues to rule over this all women's organization which opens the New Orleans carnival season every year. The krewe parades through the streets of New Orleans following the traditional Uptown parade route.