Dozens of obscurely named parades start rolling through the city as early as February 15, but many of the local favorites don't start until the Thursday before Mardi Gras. If you arrive early, you'll be able to make the Knights of Chaos uptown at 6:30pm and then the all-female Krewe of Muses on Napoleon Avenue. Over the weekend, make sure to catch "super krewes" Endymion and Bacchus. Endymion rolls through mid-city on Saturday afternoon and then head to St. Charles in the Garden District on Sunday for Bacchus to see Hugh Laurie presiding as this year's king. Locals tend to skip most of Monday's parades because everything starts early on Fat Tuesday and can end early, too, at least by NOLA standards.