Friday’s parades kick off a weekend full – starting with the Krewes of Oshun & Cleopatra. I get like a kid at Christmas this time of year so the night was made even better by sharing it with friends and their tiny tots. Oshun features many school bands and youth dance troupes. The parade used to roll solo to much lighter crowds. Since adding Cleopatra to the evening, the crowds have filled in substantially.
Cleopatra likes to coat the crowd in blinkies leaving a trail of lighted medallions, headpieces, bracelets, swords and more. I’ll be dancing with the Pussyfooters in 3 parades this season so I especially love seeing our fellow adult dance troupes like the Amelia Earhawts, Sirens, Disco Amigos and the Rolling Elvi.
I’d love to elaborate on the joys of Carnival and the weekends kick-off parades but morning comes fast!