One of the latest house floats popping up on St. Charles Avenue looks like a scene ripped from the hit ‘90s blockbuster film “Jurassic Park.”
The Uptown mansion, also known as the “Wedding Cake House,” debuts an elaborate Yardi Gras display of Mardi Gras dinosaurs worthy of superkrewe status.
Located at 5809 St. Charles Avenue, the mansion is part of the Audubon/Riverside Krewe of House Floats group. So far, the Krewe of House Floats concept has taken off across the Crescent City, with folks decorating their homes to look like parade floats.
Homeowners Frances and Calvin Fayard have decked out their yard with dinosaurs, but these guys aren’t scary like in the movie. These prehistoric reptiles come dressed in top hats and massive beads while they wait for folks to drive-by or stroll-by the wild display.
Frances Fayard said she’s “grateful” to Kern Studios artist Caskey Miller who is responsible for creating the beautiful yard design going viral on social media.
“Their vision and creativity, as well of that of their peers, is what makes each Mardi Gras so special and this year, while different, is no exception,” Fayard said.
Spectators will see several different species of dinosaurs in the yard. We spot what appears to be a brachiosaurus and triceratops, among others.
“We were inspired to do dinosaurs for the children of New Orleans because they are amazing animals and because Mardi Gras is about magical fantasy,” Fayard said.
A sign hanging from the facade also shouts out Mayor LaToya Cantrell for leading New Orleans through the coronavirus response. The sign reads, “Thank you Mayor for keeping us safe.”
“We hope everyone masks up and comes to see the display, and we are grateful that we live in a city where the health and wellbeing of everyone has been prioritized,” Fayard said. “We know it has been a tough year for everyone, but we appreciate Mayor Cantrell and our other officials’ concern and care for the welfare of our great city.”
Many homes in the Audubon and Riverside areas will take on the theme “There is a HOUSE in New Orleans…” inspired by the American folk song “House of the Rising Sun,” according to neighborhood captain Courtney Kahn Guidry.
“Mardi Gras and New Orleans is a celebration of life and we hope the community loves this as much as we do,” Fayard said.
Show us your Carnival spirit! Submit your pics here, and your photos could end up on FOX 8 Morning Edition. This story is part of our “How Do You Mardi Gras?” series sponsored by Visit Jefferson Parish & Keesler Federal Credit Union.
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