The 12th annual Krewe of BOO! parade will haunt the French Quarter and the CBD, when it rolls at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. New Orleans’ official Halloween parade will feature more than 15 floats and more than 30 marching krewes, organizers say.
Many popular New Orleans dance and marching groups are known to appear in Krewe of BOO! Most of the groups look a little creepier than usual by adding a Halloween twist to their parade costumes.
Parade-goers will be able to catch New Orleans-made food items like Elmer’s CheeWees and Aunt Sally’s pralines, along with collectible beads and other items — all in line with the parade’s traditional eco-friendly theme.
New Orleans attorney Stephen Rue will reign as king of the 2019 Krewe of BOO! Parade.
Rue, of Stephen Rue & Associates, was voted “Best Attorney” in 2012 in Gambit Weekly’s Best of New Orleans Readers Poll and “Top Lawyer” in 2018 in New Orleans Magazine. Rue was also king of the Krewe of Alla in 2016 and elected Zulu’s Mr. Big Stuff for Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club’s 100th Anniversary in 2009. Rue is an active member of the Krewe of Rolling Elvi and a member of the Zulu Tramps. In addition to practicing law, he is a painter, sculptor, author and marathon runner.
The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street and wind its way through the French Quarter, the CBD and into the New Orleans Arts District, ending at Generations Hall for the Monster Mash.
The Monster Mash, the official after-party of the Krewe of BOO!, is a ticketed costume event and will feature JT and the Ka-Nection and local DJs.
The third annual two-mile New Orleans Zombie Run kicks off the day’s events at 9 a.m. at Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar & Restaurant, where it will also end. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as a zombie or their favorite monster. The Big Easy Rollergirls, New Orleans’ women’s flat track roller derby, will join as zombie killers to chase race participants along the route.
“The Krewe of BOO! will again seek to reduce parade waste that ends up in landfills by primarily throwing New Orleans-made food items and local collectible objects that parade goers will want to consume or keep as mementos,” said Brian Kern, Krewe of BOO! parade and event founder. Kern’s aim is to “make New Orleans a premier destination on Planet Earth for Halloween.”
Here’s a list of parade throws for the Krewe of BOO! 2019 parade:
- Eco Friendly cups from Giacona Container Company (Louisiana made)
- Pralinettes from Aunt Sally’s (Made in New Orleans)
- PJs Coffee Frac Packs (Made in New Orleans)
- Collectible Light Up Medallion Beads (Imported)
- Chee Wees from Elmer’s Fine Foods (Made in New Orleans)
- Plush Toys (Imported)
- Krewe of BOO! Limited Edition Shirts (Printed in New Orleans)
- Assorted Beads (ARC of Greater New Orleans)
For more information, visit the Krewe of Boo website at Kreweofboo.com.
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