NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Krewe of Cork begins in the French Quarter, Friday, Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. It starts on Royal St. between St. Peter St. and Toulouse St. The parade travels to Iberville St. where it makes a left onto Bourbon St. Then it heads over to St. Ann St. and turns towards the river. It makes a right on Chartres St., travels a block to St. Peter St. It makes a right and then a left back onto Royal St. It goes three blocks before turning right onto Conti St. The parade ends between Royal St. and Bourbon St.
"We celebrate Wine! Food! Fun!" says King Patrick van Hoorebeek, speaking of the Krewe of Cork. Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Cork has grown into a world famous Mardi Gras and wine industry phenomenon. Krewe members gather on selected Fridays, usually the first Friday of each month, at restaurants throughout the area for T.G.I.C.D (Thank Goodness It's Cork Day).
The Krewe's two main events of the year are the Mardi Gras season parade day festivities, and participation in the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Royal Street Stroll. Throughout the year, we invite members to wine dinners and other special occasions such as road trips and wine tastings.
The Mardi Gras season parade day celebration is always two Fridays before Mardi Gras itself and is filled with the three things the Krewe loves most- Wine, Food, and Fun! The day begins with the check in party and continues as we parade through the French Quarter donning wine and grape related costumes. The event culminates with a King and Queen's party that evening. In between, there will be wine, of course, and lunch, and wine, and a brass band, and more wine.
There are two membership options for the Krewe of Cork - Sparkling and Still. For the adventurous, interested in parading during Mardi Gras, a Sparkling membership includes a meet and greet party the night before the parade, all of the festivities on parade day, including the lunch, wine, and parade, an official Krewe Pin, one dozen custom made beads, a custom made wine goblet and the King and Queen's Party. For others who choose to remain Still the non-parading membership includes an official Krewe Pin. All members will receive periodic newsletters from the Krewe of Cork. Still members may attend the wine dinners and other functions throughout the year.
The Krewe of Cork is more than 400 members strong. If you are not a permanent resident of New Orleans, please do not feel excluded. The Krewe has members that are locals, residents throughout the USA, and international travelers.