Twelfth Night parade on Rampart streetcar line canceled due to Hard Rock hotel collapse

The Societé des Champs Elysée has cancelled next year’s Twelfth Night parade due to the Hard Rock Hotel collapse, according to krewe captain David Roe.

The Société Des Champs Elysée celebrating 12th night on January 6, 2019. Photo courtesy: Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

The parade scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020 was one of the streetcar parades that helps kick off the start of Carnival season on the Rampart-St. Claude streetcar line. However, since the Hard Rock collapse, the Regional Transit Authority has suspended operations along the entire Rampart streetcar line until further notice.

Now, the RTA has informed the krewe that they “will not be rolling 12th Night,” according to Roe.

Roe said the Societé des Champs Elysée will still plan some festivities to celebrate Twelfth Night. A band will lead a procession through the neighborhood to the annual ball.

“Our new plan is to dance to Catie Rodgers’ White Star Line Orchestra playing the hits of 1912, until 7:30, perambulating to the Elysian Fields street car stop for a photo op, and then, through Robert’s and in Kajun’s out Arabella, and back home to Carnaval for two stepping to the Mid City Aces,” Roe said.

According to Roe, tickets to the ball cost $20 at the door to those who show up in costume for formal wear.

The Societé des Champs Elysée launched its inaugural parade during Carnival 2017, this year would have been the krewe’s fourth ride.

The Twelfth Night rides of the Phunny Phorty Phellows and the Funky Uptown Krewe are still set to roll on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar line as normal.


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