‘tit Rex Parade 2022

’tit Rex has become one of my favorite parades of the year. Like the shoebox parades local children make in school, the floats are pulled by cords or ropes (though I did see one motorized one this year). This year’s theme was, “Little Did We Know.”

Guitarist, filmmaker and former Lost Love Lounge owner, Geoffrey Deauville, was memorialized in a float (created by his wife) that featured his guitar from days with his band, Egg Yolk Jubilee, and photos of him enjoying life. He would’ve loved it. 

Kids and adults were costumed and filled with wonder at the tiny bursts of creativity and ingenuity. Many of the floats light up at night adding another dimension to their design. Floats commemorated everything from our recent inexplicable sonic boom to the post-Hurricane-Ida trash disaster. 

Ignatius J. Reilly had one of my favorite floats in 2019. This year, he showed up in person with candy hot dogs.

One of my favorite elements of the parade are the mini-spectator displays. Barbie and friends were there as always. The details of their inclusive party are extraordinary – right down to the table holding Popeye’s chicken, Moon Pies, Twinkies, a box of Franzia, and Blue Diamond nuts, along with a tube of Wet Ones and a roll of paper towels.   

This year, Barbie was joined on the route by a group of Gumby’s, a mansion full of tiny tots, an inclusive gathering of tiny dolls and King Cake babies, and a bead-covered T-Rex attended by an actual child holding a tiny box for even tinier throws. Despite the darkness of some of the floats’ themes, adorableness was at an all time high this year. 

It was the perfect end to a wonderful 4-parade weekend. I’m so grateful Carnival is back. Wish I had to\ime to put the photos in a better order to tell the story of being there but my schedule is packed!

2 Comments

Filed under Carnival, Culture, decorations and costumes, free events and lagniappe, Mardi Gras 2022, parade

2 responses to “‘tit Rex Parade 2022

  1. Ed B.

    It seems like a wonderful and fun parade. But I’m a little confused why it’s called the “tit” Rex parade? It sounds like a spectator gala event. An enjoyable prelude to Mardi Gras. A must see next year for me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s