NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Krewe of Morpheus rolls on Friday, Feb. 5 at 7 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 ends at Chartres St.
The Krewe of Morpheus was established in 2000 holding only Carnival Balls until 2002. The Krewe hosted their first parade in 2002 on the first Tuesday night of the Carnival season. In 2003, they paraded through the streets of New Orleans, but as many Krewe's today, they had many hurdles and obstacles that were hard to overcome. Instead of following the patterns of many Krewe's they were determined to keep the Krewe of Morpheus alive.
In the summer of 2003, a very well known and well experienced Mardi Gras veteran was asked to take over as Captain. With being granted this great honor, he accepted. Bringing with him other veteran and experienced people to help him bring the Krewe of Morpheus to the forefront of all Carnival Krewe's.
So, in the summer of 2003 the Krewe of Morpheus re-organized. The 2004 Carnival season with just a few floats and about 150 members, the Krewe of Morpheus continued to roll on the streets of New Orleans.
The following year, 2005, brought great devastation to the entire New Orleans area and its surrounding area thanks to Hurricane Katrina. Great consideration was given and an extreme scaled down version of Mardi Gras proceeded in 2006. With that, a few Krewe's as well as the Krewe of Morpheus agreed to move their parade dates from a Tuesday and Wednesday night to a Thursday or Friday night. This also allowed the city to save money.
Seven years later, the Krewe of Morpheus rolls with over 500 members and 21 floats including many Super Floats.