The Krewe of Rex rolls on Mardi Gras at 10 a.m. starting in Uptown New Orleans at the intersection of Napoleon Ave. and S. Claiborne Ave.
The parade heads towards St. Charles Ave. and makes a left. It travels to the CBD to Canal St.
At Canal, the parade makes a right turn and ends at South Peters St.
The Rex Procession has been the highlight of Mardi Gras day since the Rex Organization was formed and first paraded in 1872.
While there had been celebrations in many forms on Mardi Gras before that time, the Rex Parade gave a brilliant daytime focus to the festivities, and provided a perfect opportunity for Rex, King of Carnival, to greet his city and his subjects.
The Rex Procession today is true to the long tradition of rich themes, elegant design, and floats built with traditional materials and designs.
Most of Rex's floats are built on old wooden wagons with wood-spoked wheels. In recent years the theme and design of the parade have been suggested in advance of the parade with the publication of Parade Bulletins, designed to give the public a glimpse of what will roll from the Rex Den on Mardi Gras day.
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