Besides Slidell on February 15, 2014, the French Quarter will be kicking off its Carnival season with their parades beginning with the Krewe du Vieux. Unfortunately, one is limited to driving between the Slidell and New Orleans. Also the French Quarter's Krewe du Vieux starts at 6:00 p.m, he same time as the Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moonpie.
The Krewe du Vieux has an interesting history. It started from the breakup of another krewe. The historical name began as the “Krewe du Vieux Carre” after a theatre which served not only as a meeting spot for the krewe's members but also it was one of their first sponsors. Like the other krewes in the area, their floats are hand made and brass bands march in their parade. But the Krewe du Vieux has a mission also. The krewe believes in the people first but also the nature of the area, which has not only been hurt by Hurricane Katrina but the multinational oil companies. They expose corruption through satire, such as in their newspaper "Le Monde de Merde" (The World of Shit), but the reason behind the satire is dear to their hearts.
Be sure to attend the Krewe du Vieux parade. The parade route goes along the Mississippi River, so in some spots, there may be some beautiful scenery to enjoy while watching the Krewe du Vieux and all its subkrewes perform.