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

 

Krewe du Vieux 2016 route

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The Krewe du Vieux Parade Route begins on the corner of Franklin Ave. and Royal Street in New Orleans.

The parade will progress on Royal until it turns left at Frenchmen.

The parade will proceed on Frenchmen until it turns right on Decatur towards St. Philip.

At St. Philip St., the parade will turn right for two blocks and then takes a left on Royal.

It continues on Royal through the French Quarter and turns left on St. Peter.

Proceeds on St. Peter for two blocks and turns right on Decatur.

Stays on Decatur, crosses Canal St. onto Magazine in the CBD and takes a left on Gravier for one block and turns right on Tchoupitoulas St.

Parades on Tchoupitoulas all the way to Julia St. where it takes a right and proceeds on Julia to O’Keefe Avenue

Takes a right on O’Keefe until it reaches its final destination at O’Keefe and Lafayette St.

 

The Krewe du Vieux (KdV) was founded in 1987, born from the ashes of the fabled Krewe of Clones. The Clones began in 1978, based out of the Contemporary Arts Center. This “Art Parade” became wildly popular for their imaginative and creative street performance art. By 1985, the Krewe of Clones had grown to 30 subkrewes and over 1500 marchers.

 

The Krewe du Vieux’s seventeen subkrewes will each present their own interpretations of the theme. Subkrewes include the Krewe of C.R.U.D.E., Krewe of Space Age Love, Krewe of Underwear, Seeds of Decline, Krewe of Mama Roux, Krewe of L.E.W.D., Krewe of Drips and Dis- charges, Krewe of K.A.O.S., Knights of Mondu, T.O.K.I.N., Krewe Rue Bourbon, Krewe de C.R.A.P.S., Mystic Krewe of Spermes, Mystic Krewe of Comatose, Mystic Krewe of Inane, and Krewe du Mishigas.

Also marching will be many of the city’s top brass bands. Showcasing the local brass band talent is one of many Krewe du Vieux traditions not eligible for coverage under the health care reform bill.

Make House Into a Mardi Gras Float by Levy Easterly – GoFundMe

This house is the single best “costumed”place in the city, every year. Be a part of the fun and help Levy out. If you do, when you go take that picture in front of their house that everyone does, you can say, “I helped!” when you post it to your Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts…

Source: Make House Into a Mardi Gras Float by Levy Easterly – GoFundMe

Joyeux Anniversaire, Jeanne d’Arc!

Celebrating St. Joan of Arc’s birthday and Twelfth Night, this annual  walking parade is a medieval-themed theatrical procession, inspired by Joan’s time in 1400s France.  Joan of Arc liberated the citizens of Orleans, France, from a British siege in her first victory in 1429—resulting in her moniker “The Maid of Orleans.” Our parade honors our own unofficial patron saint, The Maid of New Orleans: the beloved  golden French Quarter statue, a gift to the City of New Orleans from France in the 1950s, and our French history and heritage. It’s a short, family-friendly parade — quirky, whimsical and spiritual. Follow us through the French Quarter with one of Joan’s birthday candles, handed out to parade goers in honor of Joan’s 604th birthday.

route-map-copy-283x300The parade typically starts on time at 7 sharp and makes 3 pauses for a bit of medieval pageantry:

  • toasts from the Historic New Orleans Collection and Grégor Trumel, Consul General of France in New Orleans, from the Williams Research Center balcony at 400 Chartres
  • a sword blessing at Saint Louis Cathedral by The Very Reverend Father Philip Landry
  • the crowning of the king and king cake ceremony at the end at Washington Artillery Park.  Bring your own king cake to eat your first king cake along with the king and Joan.

Parking and Restrooms

  • Suggested best parking: Jax parking lot (map). Take the stress out of parking by paying in advance online at the location’s website, www.premiumparking.com/P401

  • Public restrooms will be open in the Jax Brewery shopping mall before and during the parade.

2016 Sugar Bowl and Carnival kickoff, all in one week

I guess for most people, the holidays in December are where its at for events, get togethers and visitors, but for us New Orleanians – and esp Quarterites – nothing is quite like January.

First up, is New Year’s Eve  with its own rites with fireworks and gumbo pot drop at the river. We also host the Sugar Bowl every year on January 1 at the Superdome. This year, the city decided to add a parade on New Year’s Eve Day…

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In 2016, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State are coming, which means that vehicles and entire families or groups are more likely than some of last year’s crowd, which came from Alabama and Ohio if memory serves. I am sure that the Alabamans drove but I’d guess that few Buckeyes did. When the teams are from nearby, the spending is different, as is the vibe: Folks arrive in town later, bring more of their own food and drink and head out after the game if they lose. I hope someone, besides the disliked Allstate insurance company that did their best to make profit off Katrina, makes some coin off this stuff.

Since  many Ole Miss folks are New Orleans-savvy, they’ll be more likely to know the good places to eat and go (I’d look for the red and blue/Hotty Toddy paraphernalia and go where they are going…) I’d guess that Oklahoma folks will be new to the area, so I’d expect to see lots of orange and black map-wielding groups on the corners!

Welcome to all.

So, here is the schedule on Decatur:

Wednesday, Dec. 30

  • Usher Concert – 6:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 31

  • Oklahoma State Pep Rally – 1:30 p.m.
  • New Year’s Eve Parade – 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Ole Miss Pep Rally – 5:15 p.m.

The Allstate® Fan Fest is free to the public and open from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31. Fan Fest is located at Jackson Square in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street.

 

THEN, Carnival season begins on January 6 with the glorious Joan of Arc parade on Chartres, and Phunny Phorty Phellows on the St. Charles Streetcar route which will come all the way to Canal again. That is, of course, followed by over a month of visitors and parades in our neighborhood for the 2016 carnival season, which ends on February 9 of this year.