[New Orleans, LA] – Politically correct, no. Socially acceptable, hardly. Family friendly, fuggedaboutit.

And that’s why we love it.

Krewe du Vieux’s 26th annual parade – among the first of many parades during Mardi Gras season – marched, strutted, and rolled through the French Quarter this past weekend in all its satirical, off-color, decadent glory.

The theme this year was “Crimes Against Nature,” and the sub-krewes, with colorful names like Mystic Krewe of Spermes, Drips and Discharges, and Seeds of Decline, didn’t disappoint.

Costumed revelers, mule-driven floats, and 19 brass bands contributed to the atmosphere of colorful, cacophonous chaos (in a good way, of course), in fulfillment of the Krewe’s mission, which is “dedicated to the historical and traditional concept of a Mardi Gras parade as a venue for individual creative expression and satirical comment.”

‘Nuff said. Check out the photos below and see for yourself.

(ADVISORY: some photos contain themes of an “adult” nature) (Duh!)

Krewe du Vieux official website: http://www.kreweduvieux.org/

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer. He specializes in writing about motorcycle touring and travel, and his work appears regularly in Harley-Davidson's HOG magazine, American Iron, and other publications.

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7 Comments
  1. jade

    February 6, 2012

    I have always, always, always wanted to go to Mardi Gras… hopefully make it there next year! Looks like so much fun!
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  2. Courtney Mroch

    February 6, 2012

    I’m sort of shocked there’s a crew dedicated to lewd. I was under the impression they’re all like that. (That’s what I think of when I think of Mardi Gras anyway. Debauchery at its finest! Which I’m not judging, btw. I don’t discriminate against fun in any shape or form! ;)
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      February 6, 2012

      Courtney, since this will be my first Mardi Gras, I can’t speak that knowledgeably about it — but I think this parade (Krewe du Vieux) is a little more adult than most. I believe that on Mardi Gras day, however, the French Quarter is the best place to get your fill of debauchery.

  3. Cathy Sweeney

    February 6, 2012

    Where have I been? Didn’t know about this lewd, but creative krewe. Would be so much fun to see in person. Nice pics, Glen!
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      February 6, 2012

      Thanks Cathy. There are lots of Krewes in New Orleans, and there are all different types of parades.

  4. Renee King

    February 6, 2012

    Risque indeed! I don’t see any harm in the grown folks having a little fun that doesn’t involve the kiddies. Seems like a good time was definitely had by all. Is this an annual event?
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      February 6, 2012

      Hi Renee, yes this was the 26th annual parade for Krewe du Vieux.
      I agree, a little debauchery among consenting adults doesn’t have to be a bad thing!

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