Krewe of Lafcadio

From Ian McNulty at The Advocate:

The Krewe of Lafcadio is a small marching parade that pays tribute to the flavor of our city in a unique way. Its monarchs are not celebrities or society mavens, but instead represent the city’s culinary heritage and restaurant culture.


Some marchers don food-themed costumes, from the vegetables of the Creole “trinity” to Zapp’s potato chip wrappers, and others are organized in groups like the sous chef brigade or Hostess Cupcake Brigade. As a marching parade, this one is light on beads but heavy on interaction with onlookers. Its signature throw is a wooden kitchen spoon, and along the route, you’ll hear people cheering and chanting for spoons like they were Zulu coconuts.

The parade is named for Lafcadio Hearn, a writer who documented New Orleans culture in the 19th century and published a seminal Creole cookbook in 1885.

The parade is also a fundraiser, using membership dues and other contributions to send chefs from New Orleans restaurants to prepare meals for the crews aboard the USS Louisiana and USS New Orleans, two warships based near Seattle and in San Diego, respectively.

“It’s about sharing that culture with people who go into harms way on our behalf,” said Kelly.

The Krewe of Lafcadio begins at 2 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Antoine’s Restaurant (713 St. Louis St.), wends through the French Quarter and disbands near the restaurant.

About DW

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

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