Saturday, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect for parades. Sunny and mid-70’s. Though the day promised to be amazing, the crowds were manageable since the NBA All Stars events have filled our hotels and party venues with people who aren’t here for Carnival. (We wore our Pelicans gear in solidarity – I went with the Kind Cake Baby). Krewe of Pontchartrain kicked us off for the first of five parades. The purple-and-white-clad women of Dance Connection led the Cajun Indians & Cowboys Riding Club and royalty floats. The roller-skating Big Easy RollerGirls and dancers from Dance Innovation and the Muff-A-Lottas got the crowd cheering. The many school marching bands included Saint Katharine Drexel Prep, Xavier University, Kipp Central City Academy, Pierre A. Capdau Charter School, Dolores T. Aaron Academy and Joseph S. Clark Prep. (PHOTOS)
Krewe of Choctaw followed and featured some dance groups we hadn’t seen before like the Fancy Fedoras, the Divas of Olive Branch Majorettes from Mississippi, and the Nola Bombshells. Other dance groups were Rhythm’s Dance Company, Chelle’s Dazzling Diamonds, Praise In Motion, Krewe of Schaumburg and Dancing Divas. Marching bands included Edna Carr High School, Mildred Osborne Charter School and Andrew H. Wilson Charter School.
Next up – Krewes of Freret, Sparta and Pygmalion.