Line up: Big parade weekend kicks off in New Orleans

Rex, the King of Carnival rides in the Krewe of Rex as he arrives at Canal St. on Mardi Gras day 2011 in New Orleans. The Carnival season will culminate Tuesday with street revelry and the pageantry of the Rex and Zulu parades. Enlarge photo

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Rex, the King of Carnival rides in the Krewe of Rex as he arrives at Canal St. on Mardi Gras day 2011 in New Orleans. The Carnival season will culminate Tuesday with street revelry and the pageantry of the Rex and Zulu parades.

NEW ORLEANS – The city’s glitziest, most star-studded parades of the Carnival season will roll this weekend, including one with a float being touted as the biggest in New Orleans’ history.

Mardi Gras is Tuesday, but more than a dozen parades roll in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday.

The Krewe of Endymion’s “super float” will roll Saturday night in New Orleans, led by pop star Kelly Clarkson.

Sunday’s Bacchus parade will include more than two dozen child cancer patients, who will ride with Bacchus celebrity king, actor G.W. Bailey.

On Monday, actor Gary Sinise and New Orleans musicians Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Harry Connick Jr. will ride in the Orpheus parade.