From celebrity kings to massive animatronic floats, the Krewe of Bacchus has always stood out as one of Carnival’s innovative krewes.
More than 50 years later, Bacchus taps into technology to bring Carnival revelers a virtual parade since the krewe can’t roll on St. Charles Avenue because of coronavirus.
The app allows users to catch beads and throws from their couches instead of the parade route. Users can sign up and create an avatar before catching digital throws.
The Throw Me Something Bacchus! game features a continuous practice parade to get players geared up and ready for the real thing — a series of competitive “mini parades” before the big Bacchus Sunday on Feb. 14, when the krewe was scheduled to roll.
A virtual parade schedule in the app lists the mini parades at 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. (all times CST) on Jan. 10, Jan. 17, Jan. 24, Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. Bacchus Sunday is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 14.
Users can check their “Baccha Haul” bag to see their virtual parade throw winnings and check the “Baccha Board” to see the rankings.
Another app feature allows users to revisit history of past celebrity kings with photos and parade themes.
Apparently, you can also trade throws with other app users, and utilize in-app filters for Instagram-story ready photos.
During the Feb. 14 parade, players can capture digital throws and redeem them from the krewe including silver doubloons and kids’ bikes.
Bacchus will allow users to pick up prizes curbside at the den, some of them are a lot bigger than what parade-goers are used to catching. This was already in the works, according to Bacchus.
A board member started developing the app in order to throw bigger prizes during in-person parades, but they found a new use for it.
“It’s endless what you can do on the internet. We’re putting that together to make sure we’re putting on a great show for Bacchus number one and for our great city. You can be sitting in Des Moines Iowa, and if you have the app you’ll be able to watch Bacchus 6 p.m. on February 14th,” Krewe of Bacchus captain Clark Brennan said during a press conference.