Kick off the Mardi Gras season in New Orleans with the Krewe du Vieux Parade

The Krewe du Vieux takes to the streets of New Orleans on Saturday, February 4, 2012 as the only traditional walking parade that goes through the French Quarter using decorated mule-drawn floats with satirical themes, accompanied by costumed revelers.

This year’s theme is “Krewe du Vieux commits Crimes Against Nature.” Leave the kids at home as this parade is for mature audiences only!

You can catch the 19 brass bands and 16 sub-krewes on the streets of the Marigny and French Quarter. Bonnie Rabe, Innkeeper at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast says she gets dinner at Snug Harbor on Frenchman Street and then steps right out onto the sidewalk to laugh at the irreverent floats and try to catch a few unusual throws.

It’s a quick streetcar ride down historic St. Charles Avenue to the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, a quiet respite after a raucous night experiencing New Orleans carnival’s oldest traditions.