Old Gretna gets creative with a socially-distant way to show off its neighborhood’s house floats. The City of Gretna will host a “drive-thru Mardi Gras experience” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13.
Gretna city officials are encouraging house float participants to dress in costume and wave to the parading cars from their porches during the drive-thru event called “Parade Historic Gretna.” Some homeowners will also pass out throws in a socially-distant manner to parade-goers viewing the floats from their cars.
A spokesperson says the City will decorate Huey P. Long Avenue from 10th Street down to the river with lights and Mardi Gras decorations to expand on the driving experience.
House floats in Old Gretna and McDonoughville take on the subkrewe theme “Yaaasss, Kween!” In the spirit of the theme, many homeowners play on the queen concept in their decorations.
According to Old Gretna subkrewe co-captain Melanie Dixon, the “Yaaasss, Kween!” theme was the brainchild of co-captain Jessica Marasco.
“We thought it gave people a wide variety of options for decorating, and we could incorporate the Crescent City Connection and crown together as our logo,” Dixon said. “Old Gretna is a special community, and we are definitely fierce!”
One Old Gretna house float, at 301 Amelia Street, toasts French Champagne house Veuve Clicquot and the “Grande Dame of Champagne” Madame Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot.
A survivor of the French Revolution, Clicquot founded the Veuve Clicquot Champagne dynasty as a young widow. She is also credited with creating the modern technique for Champagne production and branding Champagne as a luxury item that thrives to this day.
Another house float, at 718 Monroe, celebrates the “Queen of Voodoo” Marie Laveau. The Creole Voodoo practitioner still remains one of the most famous figures in New Orleans history.
The house honoring her was decorated using all recycled and upcycled materials.
As a charitable component, the Old Gretna Krewe of House Floats is also hosting a food drive to support a newly-created Gretna pantry program.
People who wish to donate non-perishable items can drop them off at Creative Framing at 516 Lafayette Street, Thai D’Jing at 93 5th Street and Gretna Gold N’Creations Fine Jewelers at 404 Huey P. Long Avenue.
For more information about the drive-by parade, along with a list of participating house floats in the Old Gretna area, visit the City of Gretna website.
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