NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - They were a fixture in the fountain of the world-famous Brennan's Restaurant, and now they are set to return in what is being billed as the Slowest Second Line on Earth: The turtles of Brennan's return home.
On Saturday at 10:45 a.m., the "Mothas and the Othas" will wind their way through the streets of the Quarter. The five turtles are named after the "Mother Sauces" of classical French cuisine essential to New Orleans fare: Béchamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Tomate and Velouté. The five "othas" bear the names of five other sauces that complete a New Orleans menu: Remoulade, Ravigote, Bordelaise, Mignonette and Cocktail.
Restaurateur Ralph Brennan adopted 10 turtles that previously inhabited the fountain of Brennan's. The turtles were displaced for 19 months during renovations.
Homecoming events will begin with the parade led by a police escort and bagpipes. The turtles will ride on mini custom wagons decorated by Brennan's employees and their families to portray each mother sauce. Following the parade will be a celebratory homecoming in Brennan's courtyard.
At 10:15 a.m. the parade will line up at Bienville and Chartres streets and will continue down Chartres to St. Peter before turning onto Royal Street and arriving at Brennan's.