Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret

This sunny, warm Saturday, the parades kicked into high gear with 5 parades rolling the Uptown route and 2 parades in the Marigny. We hit the daytime ones, the Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret.  The tractor-drawn Krewe of Pontchartrain (established 1975 and named for Lake Pontchartrain) allows anyone with the cash to roll with them – even if they’re here as a tourist! The Dance Connection led the way for other dance teams including Xtreme Voltage Dance TeamDance Innovation and crowd favorite – the Muff-A-Lottas (all pictured below).

There were the Cajun Indians & Cowboys Riding Club, the Urban Cowboys Riding Club and even The Big Easy Rollergirls. Schools included Tulane Naval ROTC, Miller McCoy Academy, Kipp Central City Academy, Saint Katharine Drexel Prep, Gentilly Terrace Marching Jaguars and McDonogh City Park Academy.

The Krewe of Choctaw parade recently moved from the Westbank. Special attractions included Farhad Grotto Bug PatrolThe Nola ShowgirlsRhythm’s Dance Co., G. B. Twirling Dolls, Data’s Dance Dynamics and The Pickles. Schools included New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy, Edna Karr, Belle Chase High School, Tara High, ReNew Cultural Arts Academy, Sci Academy, Baker High School, L.H. Marrero Middle School, Harriet Tubman Charter School and South Plaquemines High School.

The Krewe of Freret rolled for the second year with Grand Marshall DancingMan504. The Krewe of Freret isn’t entirely new as they paraded for 40 years until the 1990’s and many members of the new Krewe are the children of the previous membership. Dancing was provided by the SirensLoyola Dance TeamNola Nyxettes, Dancing Divas Twirling Darlings and the Exquisite Star Steppers.

Young Pinstripes Brass Band brought the funk, Dames de Perlage dazzled in their beaded corsets, El Lucha Krewe got everyone laughing with their faux wrestling and Kolossos put us through the looking glass with winged women and a pelican bike. Schools included Eleanor McMain, Mary D. Coghill Charter, Akili Academy and Benjamin Franklin Elementary.

Enjoy the photos!

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Filed under Carnival, Culture, decorations and costumes, free events and lagniappe, history, Mardi Gras 2015, parade

2 responses to “Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret

  1. Stafford

    Great photos! They’re putting me in the Carnival state of mind as I get ready to come to NOLA later this week.

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