NEW ORLEANS (NOLA WEEKEND) - The Krewe of Endymion announces a major route change for Mardi Gras 2023 and 2024.
While the parade will return to the Mid-City route, Endymion will not roll on St. Charles Avenue and pass Gallier Hall for the next two years, the krewe announced.
The change comes as Superdome renovations will force the super krewe of 3200 members to move its Endymion Extravanganza to the Morial Convention Center for both 2023 and 2024. Country superstar Darius Rucker and classic rock band Foreigner will headline the 2023 Endymion Extravaganza.
“Unfortunately because of the size of many of the Endymion multi-section floats, we will not be able to proceed down St. Charles Avenue and pass Gallier Hall,” a spokesperson for the krewe said.
“We tried it in 2020 and we needed about five more feet to make it work,” Dan Kelly, President of the Krewe of Endymion said. “Unfortunately you can’t move buildings and you can’t move bus stops so... we understood the situation.”
The Krewe of Endymion rolls at 4 p.m. on Feb 18. The 2023 parade route will proceed from Orleans Avenue to Carrollton Avenue, will then turn left to Canal Street and proceed to Tchoupitoulas Street. The parade will end at Julia and Tchoupitoulas.
“Endymion wants to thank the City officials and especially the New Orleans Police Department for allowing us to start on our traditional Mid City route,” the krewe said in a statement. “We look forward to returning to St. Charles Avenue for our 2025 parade.”
For Mike Serio, owner of Serio’s Poboys on St. Charles Avenue, the route change puts a damper on his parade season and revenue.
“Endymion is the best route,” Serio says. “People camp out all day. They want to get a good seat and make a fun day of it. Everybody’s got big investments with the Mardi Gras stands and we’re losing that revenue.”
Kelly says he’s grateful that the krewe will retain the traditional Mid-City portion of the route, which has been extended two-thirds of a mile.
“Everybody loves going down Canal Street. We love passing Bourbon Street,” he says. “Unfortunately, we can’t go down St. Charles Avenue but hopefully we will return in two more years.”
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