‘Swampus Returns’ drive-thru Halloween parade, Day of the Dead parade ahead as spooky season wraps

After the Krewe of Boo rolled last week, revelers can look forward to two more parade events as the spooky season wraps.

The Krewe of Krampus, who held a creepy, but COVID-safe, Christmas drive-through parade last December, will host something similar for Halloween.

The group emerges with “Swampus Returns,” a uniquely Lousiana take on the spooky season, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Source: Krewe of Krampus/Swampus Returns

For the event, the Krewe of Krampus joins forces with more than a dozen other marching krewes for the drive-thru Halloween parade.

Krewe of Krampus captain Mike Esordi said he reached out to other krewes inviting them to take part in a safe event based on the success of the Krampus drive-through parade last December.

Esordi says the theme Swampus Returns comes from “the idea of what a krewe would turn into or look like if they were lost out in the swamp for hundreds of years returning every Halloween to haunt the city.”

More than a dozen marching krewes will participate in the Halloween alternative, including the Rolling Elvi, Muff-a-lottas, Krewe des Fleurs and Merry Antoinettes, to name a few. Unlike a walking parade, this event incorporates sets to go along with the amazing costumes.

Source: Krewe of Krampus/Swampus Returns

Cars will drive through a creepy horseshoe drive at the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission headquarters at 5420 Franklin Avenue, with krewes dressed in spooky Halloween-style costumes.

Some of the Krewes are putting a more comical twist on the Swampus theme, while others including Krewe of Krampus are definitely going the spooky route, Esordi said.

Visit the Eventbrite website to purchase tickets starting at $20 per car.

Source: Krewe de Mayahuel via Facebook

Another parade will honor Day of the Dead in the St. Roch neighborhood on Nov. 2.

For the fourth year, the Krewe of Mayahuel leads a Dia de Muertos foot parade to honor the Mexican holiday.

Prior to the procession, a gathering starts at 5:30 p.m. The procession will follow a route starting at 1405 Marigny Street, traveling along St. Claude Avenue and ending at St. Roch Cemetery.

A short cultural program by Krewe of Mayahuel and other culture bearers will follow the parade. For more information, visit the krewe’s social media page.

See also: ‘Addams Family’-inspired display pops up as Halloween treat in Metairie


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