Krewe of Chewbacchus replacing 2021 parade with ‘scavenger hunt’ for throws

Following news that the City of New Orleans won’t allow parades for Carnival 2021, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus announced they will cancel their 2021 parade.

“We, the Overlords, fully support the decision of the Mayor to not permit parades in 2021,” the krewe announced in a Facebook post.

In lieu of the parade, the krewe will shift planning efforts to an “alternate celebration,” krewe leadership said in an announcement to members on Tuesday.

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That “alternate celebration” seems to be shaping up into a scavenger hunt, according to a krewe spokesperson.

“Chewbacchus has a long history of mysteries, puzzles and games. In 2016 and in 2020 we used different puzzle quests to choose our Royalty for the parade. For now, we’re still in the planning phase of how this will come together for 2021—we’ve sketched out some basic ideas so far—but the main idea is that we want to be true to our mission to spread Krewe love: share the art that we’ve made with our nerdy fans without spreading the virus,” a krewe spokesperson said in a statement.

The krewe says that fans will have the opportunity to receive one or many of their beloved “handmade works of art” for the 2021 season. Chewbacchus will release more details in coming days.



One of the most popular aspects of the Chewbacchus parade is the handmade throws, the most iconic of which are the bandoliers and bando blocks (the ammunition strap and ammo worn by Chewbacca), which are created and handed out by members along the route. Members spend all year making special throws, which include magnets, jewelry, figurines, and so much more.

Even though the krewe won’t parade, they still announced a theme for the upcoming Carnival season titled “Chewbacchus 11: Don’t Panic! The Hitchhikers Guide to the ‘New Reality.'”

While many krewes decide their future fate, some groups have already come up with ideas to keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive.

Krewe du Vieux announced plans to make satirical installations and will participate in community and charity support projects instead of its irreverent parade.

The Funky Uptown Krewe announced they will not take their annual Twelfth Night streetcar ride.

Instead, the Funky Uptown Krewe says they will still “responsibly revel” on Twelfth Night with a socially-distanced scavenger hunt along the St. Charles streetcar line. The krewe says they plan to release hints on their Instagram account so the community can hunt and collect their signature throw: hand-decorated bedazzled vinyl records.

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