No Big Deal…’tit Rәx returns

Oh my favorite parade is coming up and although I want some of you to come to it, I don’t want all of you to try to make it. don’t take it personally.

Cuz one of the best things about the walking parades is their scale. That scale allows for interaction with its members and allows their sly humor and satirical displays to be front and center. The “super”krewes -super only in size to me-are flashy, loud and often just too much. Since almost all of them have been moved to the Uptown route (except that one that is seriously loud  and often delayed for hours and full of frat attitude along the viewer lines; it does have good neighborhood parties though) the work to get a good spot is difficult. In contrast, I remember riding my bike to work years ago on the non-parade side of Canal and veering over to grab some moonpies tossed from the Krewe of Carrollton (or was it another parade? who gave out moonpies?) and how the folks on the float cheered my great catch.

Okay, back to present day… Many of my pals are in ‘titR and so that is how I found it in its first year, way up there in the 9th ward… I remember laughing at the tiny floats and having time to walk along in the dark and really check out the work done. I have made it to this parade every year, except for the year I was out of town for work- almost did that again this year, but decided to postpone that trip partly to be in person.

The nod to the history of New Orleans schoolchildren making shoebox floats is a lesser known part of the embedded history of this krewe and also makes it special. Additionally, the krewe is maxed at a certain number of floats and so it has reduced the possibility of one serious issue in parades: thematic drift. This happens when anyone is allowed to join a parade, adding a never ending succession of borrowed floats and masks or costumes or throw design not being done well.

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I’ll see if I can find a pic of my previous years loot; I keep the best in a tiny little display which includes tiny coconuts, tiny beads, tiny books (Hail Caesar Meadows!), tiny spears, tiny stickers, tiny shoes, well you get the point.

So, don’t crowd me and don’t expect massive throws. I’ll see you by the tiny ladders and tiny viewer parties (yes they do exist) and I’ll expect a tiny wave.

 

2016 floats:

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

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About DW

New Orleans resident, writer, activist. Public market consultant.

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