The Krewe of House Floats is gaining a slew of members hoping to take Carnival creativity in their own hands and keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive.
When the City of New Orleans announced there would be no parades, Megan Boudreaux crafted a creative plan to keep the Carnival spirit alive.
“Obviously with parades canceled, there’s a whole lot of creative energy that needs to go somewhere,” Boudreaux said.
Her idea to launch the “Krewe of House Floats” started as only a joke. But less than a week later, her Facebook super krewe has grown to more than 4,000 members strong.
“If we can’t go to a parade, at least we can, you know, direct our energy into something creative and still Mardi Gras at home,” Boudreaux said.
From the West Bank to the North Shore, neighbors all across the area hope to turn their streets into drive-by parade routes.
“Several people have latched onto the idea of doing their house up in the theme of their favorite parade, to maybe like have a block be like the Krewe of Bacchus or the Krewe of Iris,” Boudreaux said. “One of my Mid-City captains is trying to get her neighbors together to actually be a group of truck floats which I think is hilarious.”
So when Carnival season rolls around, people can stroll to see houses decorated like Mardi Gras floats.
“Or you can take a drive, you know, kind of like going out to see the Christmas lights, and you can see the Mardi Gras floats,” Boudreaux said. “And you don’t have to get out of your car, you can wave. Do Mardi Gras in a way that keeps everybody safe.”
Boudreaux welcomes anyone to join in the makeshift Mardi Gras, she only has one rule.
“No king cake and no Mardi Gras decorations until 12th Night,” Boudreaux said. “We don’t need to bring any more bad vibes our way.”
And even though this season will look different, here’s one unique way to keep a New Orleans tradition rolling.
“Keep the spirit alive, and hopefully we can all be back together on the parade route in 2022,” Boudreaux said.
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