The 4th oldest Carnival parading organization (after Rex, Proteus, and Zulu), Krewe of Carrollton is a fairly traditional parade with big floats and lots of bands and dance krewes. I was so excited to strut down St. Charles with my Pussyfooters sisters for the first time since 2020 – that I could barely sleep the night before.
The route has been shortened this year to make up for the lack of police so the dancers lined up on Napoleon while floats lined up on Magazine St. The many marching bands practiced in a park on the corner of the 2 streets, creating a cacophony of competing songs. As the Femme Fatale parade rolled out and Carrollton began, we braided into each other – float, band, float, dancers, etc.
It took a long time for us to finally hit the route, but that gave us extra time for visiting, practicing and taking photos. I was delighted to stumble onto the 610 Stompers, Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves, as they did a retrospective of all their audition dances by year. Working from the present backward, the guys grouped up by entry year and did the audition dance that got them into the Stompers. I’m not sure I’ve ever had more fun before a parade.
In a driveway, the NOLA Cherry Bombs worked out their moves in red tutus. The non-dancing Dames de Perlage wandered around giving us all an opportunity to see the wonderful beadwork on their signature hand-done corsets.
I’m not sure I have the words for what it’s like to parade with the Pussyfooters. I love our sisterhood. It was wonderful welcoming our new members and seeing them become part of our pink army of over 100 women over-30. Though our non-profit does over 50 parades and events a year, Mardi Gras was why the group was originally conceived and created 21 years ago. Since our inception, over 50 new adult dance krewes have paraded in Carnival. After the parade, I saw some Baby Dolls – the original adult dancers who started the whole craze in the early 1900’s.
Even with the shortened route, I marched over 20,000 steps, but there’s nothing as energizing as parading through the city with tens of thousands of people smiling and cheering us on as we shake and shimmy in pink corsets and white combat boots.
Thursday, I will be in the Krewe of Muses parade and Sunday I’m planning to dance in Krewe of Thoth. Hope to see you there!