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Revelers celebrate first parade float, Krewe of Nefertiti rolling in New Orleans east

Published: Jan. 30, 2022 at 11:18 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - “This is the first parade in two years since the pandemic this is the first parade so yea we’re looking forward to it out in the east,” said June Greenwood.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, the sun was shining on the krewe of Nefertiti, the first float parade of carnival.

“We’re out here to check out Nefertiti’s first Mardi Gras in two years, it feels great,” said Delvon Green.

Families found their spots right along the start of the parade route.

Delvon Green brought her great-niece and nephew, saying that after such a long hiatus, it was almost emotional returning to the route.

“I got a little overwhelmed a little emotionally overwhelmed when parking. Are we really here? Is the weather really this nice? Are we really having a parade? It feels great and bringing the norm back to the city,” said Green.

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The 16-float parade had everything revelers could want: marching bands, walking krewes, and of course those coveted throws.

“I’m excited to watch the different bands and catch different things... you always wear loud colors so you stand out,” said Najae’ Colvon.

Even folks escaping below-freezing temperatures were excited to take in their first parade experience.

“The excitement of the whole festivity is what we’re looking for and wow we’re here and all the children having fun grabbing beads maybe even some older folks can grab some beads too. This is a calm sedate crowd the police are doing a great job so I’m impressed,” said Illinois residents Paul and Jane Moody.

Above all, after the secluded nature of the pandemic, it’s finally reuniting with friends, family, neighbors, acquaintances, and even strangers on the parade route that revelers enjoyed most.

“The closeness with people, to be hanging out with family on a day like today it’s perfect, so these are the kinds of things we missed not able to go out in the pandemic,” said Greenwood.

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