Cryptique Krewe at Jackson Square on Mardi Gras day, 2024

Parade info

For spectators:

Cryptique shambles through the French Quarter on Mardi Gras morning. We'll announce our updated route a few weeks before Mardi Gras 2025! We'd love to see you! Yell for us! Stop us for photos! Please post pics, and tag @cryptiquekrewe, #cryptique, and/or #cryptiquekrewe.

For new members:

All are welcome! Sign up on our mailing list to receive info about our march, krewe events and activities, and more. Please read our krewe bylaws for costume guidelines and general rules. If you plan on marching with Cryptique on Mardi Gras day, that pretty much makes you a member! All you gotta do is show up and bring the good vibes. Please read the below.

For current (and new!) members:

People who march with Cryptique are responsible for their own safety. By walking with us, you acknowledge that you are doing so at your own risk. We have some parade safety guidelines below!

Here's some info about our parade! All of this is subject to change before Mardi Gras 2025.

In previous years, we've met at 9am on the neutral ground in front of Buffa's, at Esplanade and Burgundy. We take some pics and do some opening remarks, and then we march into the Quarter at 9:30am. We generally finish around 11:30am at Jackson Square. At that point, we take a group photo, and then we're done! Members are free to hang around or go off and do their own thing.

You can see our 2024 parade route below; this is subject to change for 2025!

Map of our parade route for Mardi Gras 2024

Again, our route is likely to change a little bit for Mardi Gras 2025! We usually tweak it year by year; honing that bad boy to perfection.

We send out krewe emails in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras to confirm our start time, route, etc. Make sure you're signed up on our mailing list to receive that stuff! We also send out periodic emails about krewe meetups and other events and activities throughout the year.

Please read our krewe bylaws for costume guidelines and general rules — when in doubt, see Rule #1!

Parade safety

For those of you who will be shambling with us, the Cryptique Council wanted to share some tips to keep your Mardi Gras day comfortable and safe — most of these are lessons we've learned the hard way! Many of these apply to marching while wearing a big mask; masks are not required, of course!

  • Visibility. If you're wearing a mask, make sure it has eye holes that are large enough (duh). Being able to see downward is just as important as be being able to see forward! You need to be able to see the ground when you're stepping onto a curb, or over a pothole, for example. Practice walking around the house in your mask, or down the street! Go scare somebody!
  • Hearing/air circulation. It's a good idea to have ear holes so you don't have a crazy echo in your mask, and so you can hear the world around you. These don't need to be right where your ears are; behind/above/below are fine. The more holes, the better you'll be able to hear — even adding some all the way in the back helps.
  • Always face forward while you're walking. We've seen so many masked marchers crash into each other when they're walking and looking to the side, usually waving at friends or whatever. Another krewe member may stop in front of you, and boom! If you need to stop, please pull over, and glance behind you to make sure no one's rolling up on ya.
  • Pot holes, broken streets, and curbs. This is New Orleans, baby! Don't act like you don't know. Also watch out for drunk people who are not paying attention (they may even be your fellow krewe members!). Just try to remain alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Comfortable shoes. Our most recent parade route was ~1.85 miles, and you'll probably end up doing a lot more walking than that over the course of the day. Comfy shoes are a must. New shoes? Break them bad boys in NOW.
  • Maybe do some stretching too! We ain't gettin' any younger.

  • Stay hydrated. Plan ahead and drink plenty of fluids the day before Mardi Gras. (No, not those fluids — well, okay, those fluids but also tons of water.) If Mardi Gras day is warm you might be surprised at how hot our costumes/masks can get.
  • You're allowed to take your mask off any time, by the way! Don't worry about that.

  • Buddy system! From Council member Jawbone: "Pick a Krewe Buddy when we meet up on Mardi Gras morning. Look out for each other. Keep your head on a swivel. Watch what goes on around us. Be nice and have fun."

General parade reminders

We'll reiterate these things on Mardi Gras morning when we're all together, during our opening remarks just before we start marching.

  1. When we start our march at the neutral ground in front of Buffa's, the first thing we will do is cross Esplanade, and then STOP AND WAIT on Burgundy, just inside the Quarter, until everyone is together. Then we'll start walking again. That way if we get separated while some folks are waiting to cross as cars pass, we won't lose anybody. So take your time crossing Esplanade; no need to hurry! We'll wait for you if you get stuck.

    So: we cross, then regroup, and then go!
  2. SLOW DOWN. Let's make it a very leisurely shamble, people. Try to be mindful of walking slowly, so all of our (dis-)members can easily keep up, and so we can all be careful watching out for potholes and stuff.
  3. Photoshoot at Jackson Square: When we finish our march on the St Ann side of Jackson Square, please stay put for about 15 minutes while we take some group photos. Please don't run off to pee or grab a drink right away; we want you all in the pics! Within 15 minutes of our arrival at Jackson Square, we'll finish with photos and officially dismiss all a' y'all 'til next year.

Again, we'll mention all of the above things on Mardi Gras morning just before we start walking — no need to write this shit on your hand.


Lay it on us, daddy-o: