NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The largest Krewe in Jefferson Parish is calling it quits.
The 500-member Krewe of Caesar celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019.
Captain Bob Carnisi made the announcement Tuesday (April 23) at a lieutenants meeting. The krewe is sending out an announcement Wednesday.
“Over the years we have seen many changes in Mardi Gras. We witnessed the suburban Mardi Gras and now we are in a period of growth of Mardi Gras in the city,” he said. “Unfortunately it has become exceedingly difficult over the past several years to fund a parade of the high quality that we are known for and accustomed to.”
Carnisi said the uncertainty of parade routes and inability to plan has also been difficult to attract members.
“It is because of these factors as well as other that myself and the board of directors have decided to cease operations."
Caesar was one of the parades that rolled through the middle of Family Gras in 2019, giving festival-goers the opportunity to catch both the concert and some beads.
Carnisi say Caesar will remain a club and the organization will still do some social events.
When asked if it was possible that Caesar would parade in 2021, Carnisi said, “I never say never.”
The parade was founded by Jefferson Parish businessmen in 1979.
“The residents of Jefferson Parish have enjoyed the Krewe of Caesar for 40 years and we are disappointed to see its departure from Mardi Gras. I want to thank Bob Carnisi for his leadership as Captain of the Krewe of Caesar for so many years and all of the riders that have helped to make Mardi Gras an enjoyable experience for our residents,” said President Michael Yenni.
Parish leaders are already considering parades to fill the Family Gras spot.
“Several years ago Captain Carnisi told the Parish he may stop parading after his 40th Anniversary with his granddaughter as Queen. We respect that personal decision, and I want to thank the Krewe of Caesar for four wonderful decades of Carnival,” said Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken.
The Krewe of Pandora, an all-female parade in Jefferson Parish, announced that she will welcome female riders of the Krewe of Caesar.
“I want to express my gratitude to the Krewe of Caesar for the past 40 years, and going forward, would like to extend my assistance to the female riders of Caesar. Pandora would be honored to have you as members of our Krewe. We are an all-female Krewe and would love to have you join our sisterhood," said Pandora Captain Julie Lea.
The Krewe of Pandora, one of Jefferson Parish’s newest parades, will parade for the fourth time on February 24, 2020.