Though we’ve already attended Chewbacchus and Krewe Boheme, it doesn’t really feel like parade season until the satirical Krewe du Vieux rolls followed for over a decade by Krewedelusion. For over 30 years, Krewe du Vieux has tackled local, national and global issues with bawdy humor and lots of phalluses. And their many brass bands are among the city’s best.
The theme was Erection 2020 and topics included climate change, the electoral college, foreign interference in our elections, caucusing, and even Commander’s Palace. For locals, both parades had to open with the Hard Rock Hotel collapse – neither disappointed. Krewe du Vieux’s subkrewe, Krewe of Comatose, handled the horrific topic with the most depth. Labeled, “Erection Dysfunction,” The float featured a crumbling facade with a limp-necked guitar (that sometimes lit up as erect) rotating in front. The back of the float read, “Krewe of Comatose Salutes the Honduran Whistleblower Rest in Peace.”
My other favorite float was SPANK’s Nolaopoly proclaiming, “Everything is for sale.” The krewe dresses as game board pieces, which matched perfectly with the localized game board we were handed as a pamphlet. It was inspired. Read more about the parade’s history HERE.
Krewedelusion’s “Hard Rock The Boat” float reimagined the disaster on top of a riverboat, waves swirling into construction barriers. A more family-friendly parade, this year’s Captain was local Harry Shearer of Simpson’s fame. As usual, my favorite subkrewe was Krewe of Seuss with their colorful creatures and swirly twirly bikes.
The last of this weekend’s 4 parades will be ‘tit Rex, the tiny parade. Then I’m off to WGNO to give post-Oscar reactions!
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