Krewe of Freret Parade 2019

The recently revived Krewe of Freret is a highlight in the middle of a 5 parade Saturday. Part regal and traditional – part whimsical and funky, the parade began with a shout-out to the Who Dat Nation’s recent no-call loss from some of the Saints superfans. Dancing Man 504 and Spidey504 showed off fancy footwork followed by the Bearded Oysters swinging diaphanous pearlized wing-capes. Dancers from NOLA Chorus Girls, Ritmeaux Krewe and Alter Egos brought everything from an ocean of silver-clad women with vintage hair to purple-afro-wearing women putting the fun in funky.

Derrick Tabb led The Roots of Music, an amazing band from the non-profit serving at-risk youth from 8-14. Tabb is not only one of the founders of the group (and a CNN Hero finalist), he’s also the snare drummer of Rebirth Brass Band, the first brass band to win a Grammy.

Crescent City Fae, Lucha Krewe and Dames de Perlage were some of the fabulous walking krewes. I especially love the beaded corsets of Dames de Perlage. This year’s zoo inspired corsets were beautiful and inventive, as always.

Next up – Krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion.

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