The Krewe of Mid-City, founded in 1933, is the 5th oldest continuously parading krewe of the Carnival season. They live by the motto, “Pour La Joie de Vivre” or “For the Joy of Life.” Unlike the more morose krewes with skeletons or the satirical krewes with their stabs at politics and culture, Mid-City is symbolized by an interlocking heart emblem and strives to delight children and the child in us. And unlike the other krewes with their papier maché floats, Mid-City makes their floats of shiny tinfoil and mylar.
The King and Queen are usually a married couple, this year Robert G. Harvey Jr. and Taylor Harvey. The theme of the 18 floats this year was “Mid-City Marches On” and potato chips are one of their unique throws.
Because the parade was sandwiched between 2 other day parades, Okeanos and Thoth, there were lots of moments where it all came to a halt, but that led to some of the more fun moments. In addition to the spontaneous games of football, there was a dance-off of sorts between some of the Sophie B. Wright marchers that I managed to catch on my video as well as a dance by the band of Xavier Prep. Good thing, too, because this parade included no dance teams.
Other schools parading included the talented St. Augustine, New Orleans College Prep, Lake Providence, Chalmette, Helena, the Holy Cross Tigers, the fun and fabulous Brother Martin Crusader band, Xavier University and North Clayton from Georgia.