Krewe of Oshun kicks off Mardi Gras

Krewe of Oshun rolled St. Charles as the first official Uptown parade of the season. No time to write so if you want more information about the parade, check out last year’s post. This year’s theme was “Child’s Play” with 19 floats based on nursery rhymes. Deborah Singleton Rogers was this year’s Queen Oshun and Ronald Joseph Lewis Jr. served as King Shango. Grand Marshal was former City Councilman and Treme guest star (playing himself), Oliver Thomas. Oshun, the goddess of fountains, love, wealth and religion is often symbolized by a peacock or a fan.

High schools include St. Mary’s, O. Perry Walker, Sophie B. Wright, and the super cool International H.S. of N.O., as well as Langston Hughes, MLK, McDonogh #35 (showing off a tight band and big dance moves), and Warren Easton playing Stand Up and Get Crunk. Dance troupes include Cultural Elite Academy, Centre Stage, the Dancing Angels in ultra-sparkly costumes, Superstar Steppers spinning glowing batons and the GB Twirling Dolls.  Also, there’s cowboys and Q 93.3.

The season is off to a great start!

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