Krewe of Oshun kicked off the 2024 Mardi Gras parades on the Uptown route in New Orleans on Friday evening. The parades had been moved up an hour to start at 5:30 PM since they would start up again early on Saturday morning due to severe weather coming into the area.
The Krewe of Oshun lead the way Friday rolling right on time at 5:30 p.m. with its theme GOOD EATING. 250 riders paraded on 17 floats with titles such as Jambalaya and Crawfish. New Orleans’ Livingston High School led off the parade as the first marching band.
Friday brought perfect Mardi Gras parade weather and the streets were lined with tens of thousands of parade spectators waiting for the first big parades of the season. Ladders were out so children could get the best views and beads could be caught all along Napoleon and St. Charles.
Established in 1996, the Krewe of Oshun takes its name from the Yoruba goddess of love and intimacy. Guided by the captain aboard a peacock-themed float, the parade showcases 17 floats designed by Barry Barth, various participating bands engaged in a competition, and marching Baby Dolls. Notable throws include peacock figures and mugs, and Oshun’s king is known as “Shango.” Their signature throw is handmade fans.
Beyond their annual parade, the Krewe of Oshun remains active throughout the year, organizing family-friendly events and engaging in community service initiatives.
See the full 2024 Mardi Gras parade schedule here.