Krewe du Vieux

February 3 2017 | News du Jour

Krewe du Vieux Parade Route


in the French Quarter
  • The Krewe du Vieux Parade Route begins on the corner of Decatur St. and Mandeville St. in New Orleans.
  • The parade will progress west on Decatur until it turns right at Marigny.
  • The parade then will turn right onto Chartres, and coninue until it reaches Franklin, where it will take a left.
  • After continuing for a block on Franklin, it will then turn left onto Royal St.
  • The parade will continue down Royal until it reaches Frenchhmen, where it will take a left
  • The parade will proceed on Frenchmen until it turns right on Decatur towards St. Philip.
  • At St. Philip St., the parade will turn right for two blocks and then takes a left on Royal.
  • It continues on Royal through the French Quarter and turns right on Bienville.
  • It then takes a left onto Dauphine, and continues past Canal street where Dauphoine becomes Baronne.
  • The parade will then turn right from Baronne to Lafayette St.
  • Then it continues down Lafayette until it reaches its final destination at O’Keefe and Lafayette St.

Born of the remains of the Krewe of Clones, which began parading in 1978, Krewe du Vieux marched for the first time in 1987. When the Krewe of Clones decided to become more respectable, Craig "Spoons" Johnson and Don Marshall decided to keep the parade's original raucous, art-inspired spirit alive in the Krewe du Vieux Carre (“Vieux Carre," which means "Old Square," refers to the French Quarter). 

At first, the ragtag krewe had 16 subkrewes, and a collection of mule-drawn or hand-pulled handmade floats. But by 2001, KdV had its first title float, and its membership was growing. The numerous subkrewes meet in the "Den of Muses," a warehouse space, to bring together their costumes and floats. In 2006, KdV was the first parade to march post-Katrina, and garnered national attention for its tenacity and lightheartedness in the face of tragedy. That year's theme was "C'est Levee."

Krewe du Vieux is noted for wild satire, adult themes, and political comedy, as well as for showcasing some of the best brass and jazz bands in New Orleans.