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Krewe of Freret hopes to roll in 2013

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A brand new Carnival krewe is cutting its teeth, the brain child of seven Loyola University graduates.

"We decided to call it the Krewe of Freret because Freret Street was a dividing line between us and Tulane University. We believe it's something that can unify us," said krewe co-captain Robert Hjortsberg.  "We have no requirements as to who you are or what you do to be part of our organization. You only have to be 18 years old."

Kern Studios is getting its floats organized, but the krewe still faces a hurdle of permits, council approval and a time slot to parade. The co-captain says they'll take whatever they're given.

The Loyola grads who started the new krewe, mostly transplants, say there is more than Carnival fun behind it. It gives people a reason to stick around New Orleans once they get an education here.

"You've got people educated at Loyola, Tulane, Xavier, and UNO and they're going other places to use it," he said.

There is momentum for this new twist to Carnival.

"You're going to see great big beautiful Mardi Gras floats unlike anything you've seen the first weekend of Mardi Gras," Hjortsberg said.

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