NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - With big crowds a big no-no this Carnival season traditional parades are out. A new organization is finding a way to safely celebrate during the pandemic.
Usually, we watch the floats roll by; this year you can roll by the floats. Megan Boudreaux the founder and admiral of the Krewe of House Floats said, “You can cancel the parades, but you cannot cancel Mardi Gras.”
What started as a social media joke quickly blossomed into the real Krewe of House Floats with Boudreaux at the helm. Boudreaux said, “I think it’s really giving people a creative outlet, something to look forward to, something to do with all this restless energy.”
A friend from her work in the marine insurance industry came up with her title. “You can’t just be the captain. The captain is in charge of one boat and you are in charge of an entire fleet.” So she is the admiral of the group that boasts thousands of members with 2500 homes across the region pledged to decorate and included in their official touring map.
Boudreaux said, “People have gone full tilt on decorating since Twelfth Night and we’ve been tagged all over the city with people getting their house floats completed already ahead of our deadline.”
The krewe map goes public on February 1 allowing people to plan walking, biking, and driving tours at their leisure.
Dozens of subkrewes developed their own themes and like many Carnival organizations, there is a charitable component as well. “Many of our subkrewes are doing food drives for their neighborhood food pantry, their community fridges, Second Harvest Food Bank and we are also going to launch a campaign we’re partnering with Culture Aid NOLA and Grace of the Green Lights to focus attention on the folks who’ve been affected by the pandemic and parade cancellations dealing with housing insecurity, food insecurity things like that.”
Although homes needed to be registered by December 31st to be included in the official krewe map; a social media post of your Carnival home decor with the #KreweOfHouseFloats is still encouraged.
The big Carnival highlights might be on your street instead of Canal Street this topsy turvy season.
Krewe of House Floats has homes listed throughout the region including the west bank, Jefferson, and St. Tammany parishes.
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