Project Description

Some have called it the world’s largest block party and they’re probably right!

Fifty one years ago Endymion needed some help generating a crowd in the staging area at the beginning of the parade route. The Captain booked a free show with a few local bands on a stage to kick us off, and oh my, how things have changed!

Beginning at noon on parade day, Samedi Gras draws 30,000+ from Mid-City neighborhoods to help kick off Endymion. Don’t miss area favorites, Groovy 7, The Topcats and The Bucktown All Stars!

The Captain and riding celebrities arrive around 3pm to address the crowds and Endymion begins shortly after around 4:15pm.