Though it sprinkled off and on, the warm New Orleans weather brought out huge crowds for the Krewe of Boo parade. “Chief Spookster” Brian Kern’s “greener” take on throws includes locally-made throws and food items like Pralinettes from Aunt Sally’s, Chee Wees from Elmer’s Fine Foods and PJ’s Coffee packs. Spooktacular floats were separated by marching bands and marching groups including Tap Dat, Big Easy Rollergirls, Krewe des Fleurs, Organ Grinders, Muff-A-Lottas, Roux La La, Amelia EarHawts, Krewe of Rolling Elvi, 610 Stompers and the Pussyfooters!
This was my fifth year dancing with the Pussyfooters in the Halloween parade. For many dance and walking groups, it’s the first parade for their new members. Our “Kittens” jumped right into the costuming spirit and did a great job dancing. I still thrill at seeing our city from inside a parade. Boo has the bonus of seeing lots of people in the crowd dressed up, especially the bead-covered kids waving tiny hands.
We have a lot of parades in New Orleans but Brian Kern’s Krewe of Boo is one of my favorites. Though I love being a part of the spectacle every year, one of the drawbacks of being in a parade is you don’t really get to see much of it. One of the upsides is that you get fun photos of everyone getting ready to roll!