The Knights of Babylon Parade rolls annually on its traditional Uptown New Orleans parade route on the Thursday before Mardi Gras. Babylon is always the first parade on this evening, leading the way for the other Thursday parades, and blazing the trail for Carnival weekend festivities. Babylon’s 78th Anniversary Parade rolls at 5:30 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Its route starts at the intersection of Magazine Street and Napoleon Avenue, turning right toward downtown at St. Charles Avenue. It travels downtown on St. Charles Avenue past Lee Circle and onward to Canal Street where the parade disbands in front of the Marriott Hotel. Following the parade, our invitation-only tableau ball and supper dance are held at the Marriott Hotel.