NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - The 2022 Krewe of BOO! parade returns to kick off Halloween week in New Orleans on Oct. 22.
Organizers say New Orleans’ official Halloween parade will follow its traditional route from the Marigny through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. This year, the parade will feature more than 500 float riders and more than two dozen marching, dancing and riding krewes.
Many popular New Orleans dance and marching groups are known to appear in the Krewe of BOO! parade. Most of the groups add a Halloween twist to their parade costumes.
Brian Kern, Krewe of BOO! parade founder, says his aim is to “make New Orleans a premier destination on Planet Earth for Halloween.” Over the years, festivities have grown from a single parade into a weekend-long celebration of Halloween.
“It’s no surprise that in a city known for its love of costumes and letting the good times roll, New Orleans is the best place to celebrate Halloween,” Kern said in a release.
After a last-minute route change, last year, due to police manpower issues, organizers say they plan for the parade to return to its normal route for 2022.
It begins at 6:30 p.m. on Elysian Fields in the Marigny, turns right on North Peters Street, and rolls through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. The parade will disband at Andrew Higgins Drive.
Other events will surround parade festivities including a Royal Luncheon at House of Blues on Oct. 21, followed by a second line to Pat O’Brien’s for the Krewe of Boo Cocktail Happy Hour.
Prior to the parade, the traditional two-mile Zombie Run will start off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. The Big Easy Rollergirls of New Orleans will act as Zombie Killers,” starting and ending their run through the Warehouse District at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant.
After the parade, the official Krewe of Boo after party, the Monster Mash After Party, will take place at 8 p.m. at Generations Hall. The ticketed costume event will feature the Top Cats and local DJs.
For more information about the parade and other events, visit the website.
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