For the people of Mid-City, Endymion is a community event of unparalleled proportions. Every year, the neutral grounds—or medians—are lined with locals who will camp out overnight to secure their favorite viewing spot along the parade route. Visitors are of course welcome, and they arrive in droves to view this Super Krewe and to catch their fair share of Mardi Gras beads and other coveted Endymion throws. However, this parade will never have the same meaning for tourists as it does for locals, who consider this parade an important part of the spirit of the immediate community.
In 2013, Endymion is scheduled to roll as usual on the Saturday before Mardi Gras, which places Endymion 2013 on Saturday, February 9th. This date is important to locals because the flashy Endymion is the sole parade that still follows the traditional Mid-City parade route, which primarily consists of a trek beginning at City Park. It then parties its way down Carrollton to the main Mid-City thoroughfare of Canal Street. It then dances its way on to St. Charles, around Lee Circle, through parts of the Warehouse District, and then ends at the Endymion Extravaganza event at the Superdome. Some contend that this event, which is by invitation only, displays the flash and glamour of Mardi Gras in New Orleans at its absolute apex.
Another parade that bears the name of this beloved neighborhood is the Krewe of Mid-City, which used to parade down the traditional Mid-City route shared by Endymion. In recent years, however, the Mid-City parade has switched to an Uptown route, despite retaining the moniker of the neighborhood for which it was originally named.
As usual, the people of Mid-City can be expected to live it up during their favorite Mardi Gras event of the year. The parade is scheduled to leave the City Park staging area at approximately 4:15 pm. Make sure to claim your viewing spot early, as the crowds are often thick for this showstopper of the Mardi Gras season.