Wednesday starts 7 straight days of parades ending with Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). Things used to get off to a quiet start with just the Krewe of Ancient Druids rolling, and mostly locals sparsely dotting St. Charles. Once the all-female Super Krewe of Nyx joined the lineup in 2012, the crowds have gotten thicker by the year. Whereas Druids is a smaller krewe with less than 200 members, the Krewe of Nyx boasts thousands of members in over 40 floats – all with treasured hand-made glittery purses to give to a lucky few along with the tons of beads and female-friendly throws. Continue reading
The Krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion ended a 5-parade Saturday on St. Charles. Sparta is a more traditional parade with masked riders, timeless floats, and flambeau lighting the way as they have since before the invention of electricity. The royalty of Krewe of Pygmalion wore elaborately beaded collars portraying ships, outer space and other wonders. T-Pain, AKA Monster the Masked Singer-winner, served as Grand Marshal Continue reading
The Krewe of Freret paraded for 40 years until the 1990’s then was reborn on the parade route almost a decade ago. Some members of the new Krewe are the children of the previous membership. A highlight in the middle of a 5-parade Saturday, the parade began with young Spidey504’s fancy footwork leading the NOLA Chorus Girls. Continue reading
After 3 parades Friday night, Saturday was a 5-parade day starting with the Krewe of Pontchartrain. The weather couldn’t have been more glorious for parading – 65, crisp and sunny – which made for thick crowds along St.Charles. The Big Easy Rollergirls led the way for school bands, dancers, baton twirlers, pom girls and plenty of floats. Tulane University’s band dazzled with lofty high-kicks. Continue reading
The ‘tit Rex parade is a miniature-float satirical spectacle of big creativity in tiny form. I would be appearing on WGNO’s post-Oscar News With A Twist so we needed to head to the pre-parade lineup and skip the glacially-paced dragging of the delicate floats with frequent stops to pose for photos and closer looks. A reaction to super Krewe parades, ‘tit Rex was inspired by the local tradition of kids decorating shoeboxes and parading them through school, so the creations are nostalgic for many.
A crowd of Barbie and her crawfish-eating, Hand-Grenade-drinking friends in waited for the floats – their arms outstretched over NOPD barriers, their kids sitting atop ladder chairs. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
Carnival is kicking into gear with a 4-parade weekend starting with Krewe Boheme. Now in its second year, the Bywater/Marigny/French Quarter walking parade is more romantic and beautiful than most. Established by artists, the krewe’s symbol is a green fairy – the nickname for absinthe, a super-intoxicating liqueur. My favorite of the marching clubs was the Merry Antoinettes with their towering, ringleted wigs and elaborate French 18th century, corseted gowns. Tank of the Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangas served as Queen.
Looking forward to a weekend of festivity ending with my post-Oscar appearance on WGNO’s News With A Twist where we’ll be reacting to the results. Continue reading
The unofficial start of the Carnival parade season used to be a week from now with Krewe Du Vieux, but the festivities began earlier for the second year with the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. Though it got rolling with a dancing army of Princess Leia’s, Chewbacchus has widened its focus from Star Wars to include subkrewes with themes like Wakanda, Pokémon and Sharknadeaux – with people wearing toy sharks emerging from lit cottony tornadoes. Continue reading