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.
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.
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.
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.
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