NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Krewe of Freret starts on Saturday, Jan. 30, following Choctaw in Uptown New Orleans.
It follows the traditional Uptown parade route, starting at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Magazine St. From there, the parade rolls to Napoleon Ave. and makes a left.
Once it reaches St. Charles Ave., the parade makes a right and heads all the way past Lee Circle to Canal St.
The krewe makes a U-turn at Burgundy St., heads back down Canal St., and then makes a right on Tchoupitoulas St., ending at Poydras St.
The Krewe of Freret was established in New Orleans, Louisiana, as a co-ed Carnival organization which supports local industry, conducts service events that benefit the city at large, and preserves the longevity of the Mardi Gras tradition.
Comprised of locals, transplants, young, old, proper, outrageous, male and female. Join us and #BeMardiGras.
The New Krewe (2011-Today)
In late 2011, seven young Loyola graduates lamented the notion of joining a krewe where they would have limited creative input. They sought to enhance Carnival season by creating a unique parade favoring local vendors and craftspeople. This includes locally made doubloons, medallions, glass beads, and more. In fact, members turn into craftspeople by receiving signature throws - 20 blank Mardi Gras masks to hand-decorate and later throw. The krewe also values utilizing member ideas whenever possible while giving back to the community throughout the year.
Krewe of Freret has received incredible support from the neighborhood, with several Freret Street business and homeowners counted as members.
Those simple three words that utter so softly off of your lips, "Krewe of Freret", also drive Tulane and Loyola alumni to come together for the greater good of Carnival. The Krewe of Freret aims to unify enthusiastic young professionals and infuse vigor into Mardi Gras while simultaneously fanning the revitalization of the Freret corridor.
The Original Krewe (1953-1995)
The original Krewe of Freret paraded for over forty years, bringing joy to the Freret neighborhood until the mid-1990's. The original Krewe was captained by Nash Barreca, with a den located at his family's restaurant on Freret Street, Frank's Steakhouse (which has now been demolished). The floats would line up on Freret behind the Loyola Field House (now the gym/parking garage).
The Krewe's LLC expired and is now utilized with the blessing of the original krewe.