Krewe of Chewbacchus 2021: Alternative parade plan features subkrewe stations, quest for ‘rare treasures’

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus releases plans for an alternative 2021 Carnival experience that will replace its traditional trek through the Marigny and French Quarter on Jan. 23.

With conventional Carnival parades not possible this season, Chewbacchus will navigate a way to host a socially-distanced parade alternative during the pandemic, according to a release announcing parade day plans.

Photo courtesy: Simon Berry, SiB Photography

Initially, krewe members described a new spin on the sci-fi celebration as a sort-of scavenger hunt. Now, the krewe releases more details on what the unprecedented adventure will look like on parade day.

Instead of the usual stroll through crowded streets, Chewbacchus’ devoted subkrewes will be stationed at homes and businesses around the city of New Orleans.

The krewe says spectators can visit these different locations and collect handmade throws from the different subkrewes, while marveling at costumes and contraptions in a socially-distanced manner.

Within the week leading up to the event, Chewbacchus will release an online PDF brochure called “The Guide,” which will include a map of the different subkrewe locations. The krewe says each station will represent a different “chapter” of the guide.

“All Chewbacchus members will be appropriately masked, and adhering to current social distance and outdoor gathering guidelines,” krewe leadership said. “In return, it is expected that fans and spectators will return that respect and be masked and socially distanced as well.”

In order to help enforce safety precautions, krewe leadership said they will not give throws to spectators not wearing masks or respecting social distance guidelines while visiting the subkrewe stations.

In addition, the Krewe of Chewbacchus will also offer a “multimedia side quest” for fans to score “rare, one-of-a-kind artifacts.”

Those artifacts will be found at randomly selected subkrewe stations and will reveal clues to the location of a prized collection of rare treasures, a Chewbacchus merchandise prize package, a lifetime membership to the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, and the Royal title “Ultimate Survivor of the New Reality.”

Even though the krewe won’t parade in its usual form, they still announced a theme for the upcoming Carnival season titled “Chewbacchus 11: Don’t Panic! The Hitchhikers Guide to the New Reality — Volume One.”

Chewbacchus says it will release more details in upcoming weeks. Fans can subscribe to their mailing list via their website, Chewbacchus.org for the latest information.

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