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The Krewe du Vieux parade rolls in the French Quarter of New Orleans on January 30, 2010.<br />
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Although the Phunny Phorty Phellows "officially" kick off Carnival season with their streetcar ride on January 6th, the Krewe du Vieux parade in the French Quarter is traditionally the first real parade of the modern Carnival season.  The krewe was established in 1987 when various "sub-krewes" decided to join together again after the disbanding of their previous parade, the Krewe of Clones, the year before.  Although it is one of the newer parades of Mardi Gras, Krewe du Vieux is closer to the original parades of Mardi Gras past than the super krewes of today.  Like the traditional parades, it rolls through the French Quarter, it is known for its satirical and sometimes lewd floats (which are small, handmade, and drawn by mules, horses, or people), most of the participants are maskers on foot, and the atmosphere is very lively-although perhaps still not as lively as the original Mardi Gras parades.

The Krewe du Vieux parade rolls in the French Quarter of New Orleans on January 30, 2010.

Although the Phunny Phorty Phellows "officially" kick off Carnival season with their streetcar ride on January 6th, the Krewe du Vieux parade in the French Quarter is traditionally the first real parade of the modern Carnival season. The krewe was established in 1987 when various "sub-krewes" decided to join together again after the disbanding of their previous parade,...
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