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2010 St. Tammany Parish Mardi Gras parade schedule SATURDAY, Jan. 17 Krewe of Claude, Slidell 1 p.m. SUNDAY, Jan. 24 Krewe of Slidellians, Slidell 1 p.m. SATURDAY, Jan. 30 Krewe of Bilge (boat parade), Eden Isles, Slidell Noon SUNDAY, Jan. 31 Perseus, Slidell 1 p.m. Lions Club, Pearl River 1:15 p.m. FRIDAY, Feb. 5 Krewe of Eve, Mandeville, 7 p.m. Mona Lisa/Moon Pie, Slidell 7 p.m.

SUNDAY, Feb. 14 Krewe De Paws (dog parade) Slidell 9 a.m. Krewe of Tchefuncte (boat parade), Madisonville 2 p.m. FAT TUESDAY, Feb. 16 Lions Club, Covington 10 a.m. Krewe of Covington, follows Lions Krewe of Chahta, Lacombe 1 p.m. Krewe of Folsom, Folsom 1:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 21 Mardi Paws, Mandeville Lakefront 2 p.m.

SATURDAY, Feb. 6 Krewe of Push Mow, Abita Springs 11 a.m. Krewe of Olympia, Covington 6 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 7 Dionysus, Slidell 1:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Feb. 12 Krewe of Selene, Slidell 6:30 p.m. Krewe of Orpheus, Slidell 7 p.m. SATURDAY, Feb. 13 Krewe of Bush, Bush 9 a.m.

Parade-goers at last year’s Olympia parade in Covington. (File Photo)


Jan. 17

King Claude 2010, Chris Russell waves to his subjects last Sunday as the Krewe of Claude rolled through the streets of Slidell. (Staff Photo by Erik Sanzenbach)

Krewe of Claude opens carnival season Traditionally, the Krewe of Claude starts the Carnival season on the Northshore by being the first parade, and this year was no exception. The 11 floats with its 13 members rolled through the traditional Slidell parade route last Sunday. The theme of this year’s parade was “For the Love of Music,” and featured floats honoring New Orleans Music, the New Orleans Saints and pop star Michael Jackson. The famous St. Augus-

tine High School Marching 100 and the St. Tammany Junior High band provided the music while several dance troupes entertained spectators. The throws included the krewe’s signature decorated pecans and beads, cups, along with specialty beads bearing the names of King Claude and Queen Claudia. The king and queen of the krewe are known as King Claude and Queen Claudia. The 2010 royalty was represented by King

Claude, Chris Russell and Queen Claudia was Dee Brown. This is the krewe’s 23rd year in existence. They started out as a small neighborhood parade in the Claude Housing Projects located in Washington Heights. The small parade went through a pecan grove in Washington Heights which started the tradition of the decorated pecan throw. When the parade got too large for the small streets, the krewe went to the city to get a permit to roll on the traditional parade route. The only date left was on a Sunday before the other krewes would parade, and thus began the tradition of the Krewe of Claude being the first parade of the carnival season for the Northshore. The krewe will hold its ball Feb. 6 at the Northshore Harbor Center.



Jan. 24 Slidellians is Slidell’s oldest krewe This year is the 60th anniversary of the Krewe of Slidellians, the oldest carnival krewe in Slidell. The

The Krewe of Slidellians parade as it rolled through the streets of Slidell in 2009.

Slidellians is also known as the krewe with a purpose, because all its members belong to charitable organi-

zations and do what they can all year long to help the people of Slidell. Started in 1947 by four CROWE S l i d e l l women, the krewe was organized as a way to help those in need around Slidell. The krewe is non-profit and depends on local businesses to sponsor the parade. This year, the parade will roll at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 from Salmen High School on Spartan Drive down Pontchartrain Drive to Front Street and then east on Gause where it will disband near Interstate 10. There will be 14 floats in the parade with the theme “Royal Romance.” This year, state Sen. A.G. Crowe will reign as king and the queen is Sharon Hosch. Unlike other krewes the king and queen for 2010 were picked at the 2009 Slidellian ball. The king and queen are picked based on who has done the most to help the people of Slidell during the previous year. President of the Slidellians is Mary Clement, and the captain of the krewe is Bonnie Clement. Even though this is the krewe’s 60th anniversary, they said they will not have any special throws to mark the occasion, but will throw lots of beads and cups. The Slidellian ball to pick next year’s king and queen is Feb. 6 at the Slidell Auditorium.


Jan. 30

It’s anchors aweigh for the Krewe of Bilge When the Krewe of Bilge boat parade began in 1978, there were only seven boats sailing through the canals of Eden Isles. Today, according to krewe captain Wayne Dunn, the organization has over 400 members, and there are over 30 boats involved in the unique aquatic parade. This year, the 30 boats will be decorated for the krewe’s theme, “Music to My Ears.” Dunn said each boat will be decorated to reflect different songs. The parade starts at the Marina Café at the Oak Harbor Marina at noon Jan. 30. The boats will sail through the waterways of Eden Isles past The Dock, where judges wait to declare the best decorated watercraft. Then the boats go along Lakeview Drive to Pontchartrain drive, then north to the Eden Isles bridge where the flotilla turns around and makes it way back to the marina. This year’s parade will honor the krewe’s late captain, Rodney “Dookie” Nunez, who died last year. Nunez was the captain for Krewe of Bilge for 13 years. The second boat in the parade will be named the Dookie Nunez Memorial boat and and will be manned by members of the Nunez family. The krewe does not have any special throws, but are known for the generosity in tossing beads and cups to spectators on the shoreline. There is also a king and queen boat. This year King Bobby Naquin and Queen Catherine Mandot will reign over the boat parde. There are also six maids. Coronation Coordinator Joyce Knight said that there

Officers of the Krewe of Bilge sail in their 2009 parade in Eden Isles. (File Photo)

are seven maids elected, but on the night of the ball, Jan. 16, each maid was given a bouquet of flowers. In one of the bouquets was the name of the 2010 queen,

and her duke presents the maid with the bouquet that proclaims her queen of the krewe. The krewe captain and the officers traditionally ride on the first boat float.



Scenes from 2009

Adam Wise holds out his arms for beads on Mardi Gras day last year during the Krewe of Covington Lions parade.

Spectators show up for the Krewe of Lions parade in Covington on last year’s Mardi Gras day.


Jan. 31 Krewe of Perseus floats roll down Pontch artrain Drive in 2009. (File Photo)

Perseus celebrates 40 years This is the 40th year that the Krewe of Perseus will roll through Slidell on the traditional parade route from Gause Boulevard and ending at Fritchie Park. This year’s parade will feature 13 floats with the theme “Bowl Games.” The krewe’s 200 members will throw the traditional beads and cups plus special Perseus beads. Also knew this year is decorated crab shell throws. The parade with have five marching bands, and two bands with singers riding on two separate floats. The krewe was formed in 1970 as more of a social club than a parade krewe according to the krewe’s president Betty Lostetter. “We are all friends, and if you are new, you will soon become our friends,” Lostetter said with a laugh. She added that the krewe has six parties during the year when everybody gets together for fun and friendship. This year King Perseus XL is Mike White and Queen Andromeda XL is White’s wife, Beth White. The parade rolls at 1 p.m. Jan. 31.


Parade-goers raise their arms in anticipation during the Pearl River Lions Club Mardi Gras parade on Feb. 8. Sparky the Dog, right, rides with firefighter Rick Ruiz, left, atop a brand new engine belonging to St. Tammany Fire District 7. (File Photo)

Pearl River Lions Club to roll in own style The Pearl River Lions Club will hold its annual parade Jan. 31 at 1:15 p.m. The parade will follow its traditional route, starting at Pearl River High School and traveling south on Louisiana Highway 41 to U.S. Highway 11 where it will proceed to La. 41 Spur and back to U.S. 11. It will disband at the Pearl River Town Hall. The public is invited to participate with floats, trucks and trailers, horse

groups or golf carts. ATVs will not be allowed in the parade. Pa r t i c i pants will be asked to JOHNSON make a $25 donation to the Lions Club, and the money raised will be donated to the Lions Children’s Camp in Leesville. Applications can be ob-

tained at Town Hall, and all registrations must be turned in by Jan. 25. This year’s theme is “The year that was.” Parade Director Tim Karl is encouraging participates to decorate floats according to things that happened in the past. The grand marshal every year is the Lion’s Club’s Citizen of the Year. This year that is Kim Johnson, who dedicates much of her time to volunteering in the local schools.


Feb. 5

Eve rides for 24th year In 1986, six local residents decided to form a ladies’ Mardi Gras Parade Krewe. After many weeks of gathering information, they gave a party and invited local women. From this gathering, the Krewe of Eve started with 260 ladies. The Krewe of Eve first paraded in Mandeville on Feb. 14, 1987, with its first theme, “Famous Lovers” and on Feb. 5, 2010, the Krewe of Eve presents its 24th parade, with the theme, “Are We There Yet?.” While the organization is noted for it’s beautiful parade, Eve members also participate in many community projects. Eve members contribute, through Eve, to Toys for Tots and The Food Bank. The krewe has also helped with Habitat for Humanity’s

Shown are the 2010 King Adam XXIV and Queen Eve XXIV, Chet and Kim Brown.

Women’s Build and is part of the D.A.R.E. convention and a member of the West

St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. This year the parade will roll with 450 members riding on 26 floats. Eighteen of those will be krewe floats, 13 of those will be super floats and nine will be double-decker floats. Some of the names of floats will be New York, London, China, Mexico and Germany. As always riders will be throwing Eve’s signature apple beads as well as krewe cups, stuffed swords, footballs and koozies. Other coveted catches will be individual float themed beads and special Captain and officers’ lighted apple beads. Kim Brown and her husband, Chet Brown II, will reign as Queen Eve XXIV and King Adam XXIV. Accompanying the Brown couple will be their maids and dukes. Maid Elizabeth Beter of Mandeville will be escorted by her duke, Colin John Buchholz Jr. of Madisonville. Maid Katie Hogan of SEE EVE, PAGE 13


Mona Lisa & Moon Pie According to the captain of the Krewe of Mona Lisa-Moon Pie, Tom Collins, the members of this unusual organization don’t take themselves too seriously. “We like to ridicule ourselves,” Collins said. That is obvious. This year Collins has changed his title from captain to Magnanimous Mukkity-Muck. The organization is famous for its nonmotorized floats that is usually a rag-tag collection of decorated grocery carts and baby strollers. They are Slidell’s only marching krewe that has non-motorized floats. Started 30 years ago by Collins’ wife Charlotte Lowrey Collins and Pat Hart, two artists, the krewe is dedicated to three things: Promotion of the arts, promotion of Olde Towne and promotion of good humor. Collins stresses that the humor is good clean family humor and there is nothing bawdy about their gentle satire of everything Mardi Gras. The name of the krewe has an interesting genesis. The founders wanted to celebrate both the arts and the Southern lifestyle. So they put Mona Lisa representing the arts with Moon Pie, the quintessential southern dessert. In fact, the krewe’s famous, signature throw is the moon pie. Collins said that last year, the krewe threw 35,000 moon pies. Collins said that like everything else in the krewe, the exact history of Mona Lisa/Moon Pie is lost in the winds of time. The 150 members of this irreverent krewe will roll, er walk, at 7 p.m. Feb.5. This year’s theme is “Mona Makes Music.” Collins said that he could not tell me how many non-motorized floats will be in the parade. There are mini-krewes within the organization, and each of these mini-

Members of Mona Lisa/Moon Pie pushes his non-motorized float through the streets of Olde Towne in Slidell during their 2009 parade. (File Photo)

krewes have between two to 20 people. The number of floats for each mini-krewe may be one or many floats. “It’s sort of organized chaos,” Collins said. He said he never knows how many floats are in the parade. In accordance with the parade’s theme of music, this year’s king is local musician Greg Barnhill and the queen is local singer Debbie Lefort. They were both chosen at a ball that Collins said they held “several weeks ago.” Even though the krewe marches through Olde Towne, their route becomes a bit muddled at times, and the grocery carts wander through the old section of Slidell wherever the mood strikes.


Mandeville will be escorted by her duke, Alex Penton of Bogalusa. Maid Shumaine McDuffie will be escorted by her duke, Kenneth McDuffie Jr., both of Mandeville; and Maid Kathleen Wiseman will be escorted by her duke, Neil Wiseman, both of Mandeville. Junior maids are Nicole Danielle Funchess, daughter of Linda and Mac Funchess of Folsom; Michelle Elizabeth Skuba Gray, daughter of Linda and

Michael Gray of Mandeville; Amber Skye Ingram, daughter of Mary and Yorke Ingram of Hammond; Brooke Rita Miramon, daughter of Carol and Jacques Miramon of Mandeville; Sara Elise Robicheaux, daughter of Irene and Glenn Robicheaux of Mandeville; and Sierra Marie Rowe, daughter of Leslie and Scott Rowe of Mandeville. Pages to the queen will be Emily Kathryn Boudreaux, daughter of Kelly and John Boudreaux of Covington; Cole Mairead

Cassidy, daughter of Michele and Quinn Cassidy of Mandeville; and Annie Hope Noel, daughter of Missie and James Noel of Mandeville. Pages to the king will be Gabriel Daniel Brown, grandson of Kim and Chet Brown II of Mandeville; Justin Michael King, grandson of Joan Smith of Mandeville; and Albert William Sinopoli, son of Janet and Al Sinopoli of Covington. Pat Brister was also announced as this year’s grand marshal.


Feb. 6 Benny Grunch and the Bunch will perform at the Push Mow parade after party to be held at Abita Springs Town Hall.

Push Mow to have Grunch The krewe of Push Mow will roll through the streets of Abita Springs Feb. 6. This year’s theme will be “What were you thinking?” The Abita Springs Museum Board, which now sponsors the event, decided on this year’s theme. Lynette Soules, board chair, said several ideas were suggested at the board’s last meeting, and the board took a vote. The theme chosen was one suggested by board member Bryan Gowland. Soules said the board always wants the theme to be something “quirky that people can have fun with.” “There are so many different options and possibilities people can go with using this theme,” she said, adding that she is anxious

to see what the people of Abita Springs come up with as far as costumes and floats this year. This year’s grand marshals and special parade honorees will be citizens of the year Betty and Calvin Cognevich. Honorary Parade Captain will be Benny Grunch from Benny Grunch and the Bunch. Line up will begin at 8 a.m. on Grover Street and registration will take place in front of Town Hall on the morning of the parade. The parade rolls at 11 am and ends at the UCM Museum. The route is approximately 1 mile long. Throws are cleverly recycled. For those interested in being part of the parade, there will be no pre-regis-

tration. Registration $5 per person or $25 per group at Town Hall, 22161 Level Street, from 8-10 am the day of the parade. Any driver of anything motorized must have a valid driver’s license. For information regarding parade lineup call Jonathan Davis at 893-5953. A post-parade party will be held at noon in the Town Hall, featuring honorary Grand Marshal Benny Grunch and the Bunch. After the parade food and drink will be sold at the “Push Mow Café” in Town Hall and will serve sodas, beer, hot dogs, chili, red beans and rice, and of course, gumbo. Entry into the afterparade party will cost $5.



Krewe of Olympia In 1965, a group of friends were having lunch at The Galley Restaurant across from the Covington Courthouse. Among them were Lieutenant Colonel Earl Wilson, Warren Illing Sr., H.M. “Ollie” Olson and James Heinrich, a local insurance

agent. At the time, Wilson was president of the Chamber of Commerce. It was shortly after Mardi Gras, and the conversation turned to the Lions Club parade on Mardi Gras morning in Covington. Wilson commented that

many St. Tammany residents in rural areas probably had never seen a “New Orleans style” parade, adding “wouldn’t it be great to bring one to the community?” By the end of the meeting, plans were under way to form a carnival organization in Covington. Each participant in the project was given the task of signing up 25 members for the organization. By the end of the week, approximately 100 enthusiastic members had formed the Mystic Krewe of Olympia. Their first ball was held in 1966 in St. Paul School’s field house. Costumes were made by a local seamstress. Props, scenery, flowers, music and tableau were handled by members, so the king was not announced. However, the queen, maids and ladies-in-waiting are all identified the night of the ball. Their identities are kept secret until announced in the ball program. Olympia is the oldest club in St. Tammany to present both a ball and a parade. This year’s queen is Margaret Mason Stewart. Her maids are Kelsey Elizabeth Bairnsfather, Taylor Marie Billeaud, Elizabeth Wilson Cloos, Mary Louise Dutel, Victoria Wells Ellinghausen, Michelle Jean Limbaugh, Margaret Lynne Murphy, Camille Elizabeth Olson, Colette Renee PellisSEE OLYMPIA, PAGE 17



sier, Jordan Elizabeth Walkenford and Erin Elizabeth Weller. Pages to His Majesty Zeus are Walker Stuart Hebert, Ryan Lawrence Hill and Anthony James Lacroix; and pages to Her Majesty the Queen are Chase Joseph May, Jack Anthony Pellegrini, Jacob Paul Sanderson. Beverly Cecelia Brown and Charlotte Mary Lea will serve as ladies in waiting. The grand marshal is Matthew Cole, a corporal in the Marine Corps who was partially paralyzed while fighting the war in Iraq. Cole dedicated his inclusion in the ball and parade to all of the members of the armed forces in St Tammany who never made it home. The krewe is made up of 300 members, but the



membership of the krewe is a closely guarded secret. This year the parade will roll through the streets of downtown Covington on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. The theme this year is “Olympia Celebrates Festivals Around the World,”

and some of the float names will be Oktoberfest, Bastille Day, Cinco De Mayo and Running with the Bulls. There will be 25 floats in this year’s parade. Special throws to look for this year include light up LED soft rubber lightning bolt necklace, light up Olympia polystone medallion, light up LED foam lightning bolt, backpack with Krewe logo, laurel wreath head piece with Olympia logo and LED light up. A lot of LSU and Saints themed items will also be thrown.


Feb. 7 Floats of the Krewe of Dionysus roll down Pontchartrain Drive during its 2009 paraae. (File Photo)

Dionysus 25th year of mirth The Krewe of Dionysus will be out in force this year as the merry-makers celebrate their silver anniversary. Krewe members Mack Wallace said that this year the parade will have 18 floats, eight bands and 17 dance groups. The parade, which rolls at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 7 will take the traditional parade route in Slidell. To celebrate its 25th birthday, Wallace said the 375 float riders will throw out special cloisonné throws as well as special beads and cups that announce the krewe’s silver anniversary. The krewe held their ball in October, and pronounced Gary Gerrigan as King Dionysus XXV and Jilliun Wallace will reign as Queen Dionysus XXV. The captain is Scott Hughes. As in year’s past the krewe will pick a child in need as the grand marshal. This year, Dionysus is starting its parade a half hour early. Sunday Feb. 7 is the Super Bowl and Wallace said the krewe wants to make sure that spectators and float riders get home in time to see the Saints win the Super Bowl.



Feb. 12

Selene only Slidell night parade Twelve years ago, five professional women in Slidell decided the city needed a women’s krewe comprised of professional women, and the Krewe of Selene was born. They petitioned the City Council to get a permit to roll at night, and to this day, they are Slidell’s only major krewe to roll at night. There is the Krewe of Mona Lisa and Moon Pie that is also at night, but they are a walking krewe and do not have major floats. The Krewe of Selene rolls this year at 6:30 p.m. Friday Feb. 12. The theme of the krewe is “Selene Goes on Vacation.” There will be 25 floats, designed by Blaine Kern, including the king and queen, plus many marching bands and dancing clubs. Some of the floats this year SEE SELENE, PAGE 21



are Ho-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum, Ice Ice Baby, What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas and Jamaica Me Crazy. The Queen of Selene 2010 is Anita Price and her King is Tim Destri. There are 13 dukes to round out Selene’s royal court. Queen Anita and King Tim were presented to the members at their Nov. 7, 2009 ball at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside. Selene is known for its unique throws and 2010 is no exception. Krewe members will be throwing, Selene lighted medallions, a much sought after throw, and a lighted fleur-de-lis medallion. The most unique throw from the floats are lighted boas. To find out more about the 12year-old krewe their Web site is

Queen Selene 2010 Anita Price and King Selene Tim Destri.


Krewe of Orpheus The Original Krewe of Orpheus was founded in April 1987, a year after the Krewe of Eve, Mandeville’s only women’s krewe had successfully made its debut. It paraded for the first time on the Friday night before Mardi Gras in l988 with 13 floats and as many local and regional marching bands. The krewe has its own signature throw, the pineloon, a pinecone covered in glitter and pain atop a doubloon base. This year, select krewe members will also throw special black doubloons in honor of the Saints. The official call and response of the hearty krewe is “Hail Orpheus, hail yes.” The Krewe of Orpheus 2010 will roll Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The parade begins near the KMart shopping center and will proceed west on Louisiana Highway 22. It turns onto West Causeway Approach where King Orpheus XXIII and his queen will exchange toasts at the reviewing stand near Mandeville High School. The parade passes under Causeway Boulevard and proceeds along East Causeway Approach until it will reach the end near Galvez Drive. This year’s theme is “Orpheus

The 2010 Orpheus Royal Court are, from left, Royal Junior Maid Sadie Rachelle Gomez, Princess Orpheus Samantha Marie Gomez, Royal Maid Jennifer Marie Adams, Queen Orpheus Kathleen Erika Harmon, King Orpheus XXIII Floyd Simeon Jr., Royal Maid Elizabeth Michelle Nuss, Royal Maid Erika Delaine Nuss and Royal Maid Cameron Elizabeth Savell.

Salutes Real Jobs.” There will be 20 floats and the same number of marching groups. The krewe’s Royal Revelation Celebration was held Nov. 21 at the Covington Country Club. At the Royal Revelation members invited all of their friends and neighbors to join in the celebration where it was proclaimed that Floyd Simeon is King Orpheus XXIII. Kathleen Erika Har-

mon was selected that night as Queen Orpheus 2010, and Samantha Marie Gomez is the 2010 Orpheus Princess. The group’s Coronation Ball will be held Feb. 6 at the Castine Center beginning at 7 p.m. The ball is open to the public, and tickets can be purchased at Lowe’s Jewelers for $200 per couple. If you have any questions call Brett Lowe at 845-4653.


History of the king cake Nothing signals the arrival of Mardi Gras like a king cake. Food plays an integral part in the culture of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana, so it makes sense the most recognizable symbol of the season is something edible. The ovalshaped pastries topped with purple, green and gold sugar usually start showing up in stores prior to Christmas, although many purists refuse to touch it before Jan. 6, Twelfth Night, the official start of Carnival season. The cake is so ingrained in the local culture it was even the subject of a friendly wager between former Gov. Kathleen Blanco and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland during the Jan. 7 BCS Championship Game. If Ohio State had by some chance pulled off a victory over LSU, Blanco promised to send Strickland a king cake. The king cake tradition is thought to have begun around 1870 by French settlers who were also continuing a tradition dating back at least to 12th century Europe. This is when the Feast of the Epiphany began to rise in popularity, and a similar cake was used to celebrate the coming of the three Magi to visit the Christ Child. The cake’s round shape

Above, hiding the baby; At right, king cake.

symbolizes the circular route taken by the Magi in order to confuse King Herod, whose army was attempting to follow the Wise Men in order to kill the Christ child. As time went on, the three Wise Men became three kings, and the Feast of the Epiphany evolved into a major holiday with royal associations. The tiny plastic baby tucked inside the cake today represents the baby Jesus, but originally the hidden item was a coin, bean, pecan or a pea, symbolizing good luck and prosperity, as well as the gifts brought to the Christ child. In the past, whoever found the hidden prize

became king for a night, a practice that transcended virtually every variation of Twelfth Night customs. Today, of course, the finding of the plastic baby denotes who will host the next party, and the mock king is chosen by other methods. While the colors decorating the king cake are thought to represent the jeweled crowns of the three kings, more likely this custom appeared in New Orleans sometime in the late 19th century. In 1872 the Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia visited New Orleans and was asked to choose the official Mardi Gras colors by the Krewe of Rex. Ever the nobleman, the duke

chose the royal colors of the House of Romanoff: purple, green and gold. The colors were given definition about 20 years later by the Krewe of Rex, establishing that purple sig-

nifies justice, green symbolizes faith, and gold represents power. Traditional king cake is rather a cross between a coffee cake and a French brioche, with just a plain

cinnamon pastry, but many bakeries stuff their cakes with a variety of fillings, such as apple, raspberry or cream cheese. Some will even mix and match fillings.


Feb. 13

Krewe of Bush The community of Bush will come together again this year to celebrate carnival with an old-time parade Feb. 13. Line-up begins at 8 a.m. at the Fifth Ward Recreation Center on WattsThomas Road. The parade will roll at 9 a.m., beginning

on Watts-Thomas Road and proceeding to Coward and Sticker roads. It will then turn onto Louisiana Highway 41, where it will continue back to Watts-Thomas Road and disband at the recreation center. Anyone and everyone are invited to partici-

pate in the parade. Participants simply show up to parade and there is no charge. Participants can ride in go-carts, golf carts or ATVs. Trucks pulling trailers or boats are also welcome as well as motorcycles, horses and lawn mowers.

Scenes from 2009

Heidi Junius from New Orleans seconds lines on the Northshore at Pontchartrain Vineyards near Covington on Mardi Gras day last year. After three days of partying in New Orleans, she and her friends had “had enough� and decided to come north for the day. (File Photo) Jessica Lambert peers at her boyfriend David Harvey of Mandeville, as he explains the origins of his jester suit at the celebration Mardi Gras day held at Pontchartrain Vineyard. (File Photo)


Feb. 14

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Krewe de Paws The inaugural parade of the Krewe de Paws will take place in Historic Olde Towne Slidell. The furry set is invited to join the krewe and help their not-so-fortunate furry friends in the parade “Be Mine Canine Valentine.” The one-mile stretch for the four-legged friends and their human escorts will begin and end at Erlanger and First Streets. Sponsorships are still

available and membership levels start at $30 with a special one-time-only charter membership available this year at $100. The doggy bag of goodies will include a T-shirt for the human escort plus a few surprises. Gene Duvic, one of the human founders of the organization, said that doggy bags including Milk Bone treats, will be “thrown” at the parade to human spectators.

In addition to raising money for animal assistance groups, the krewe also will bring attention to Olde Towne Slidell and simply have a lot of fun. Also watch for the Krewe of Poo, the clean up krewe behind the Paws. The krewe will select their king and queen Mardi Gras style via king cake babies. Whichever human escort gets the baby will escort the king and queen.

A happy crew of Mardi Gras celebrants float down the river in the Krewe of Tchefuncte 2009 Boat Parade in Madisonville.

Krewe of Tchefuncte In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Krewe of Tchefuncte has chosen “Famous Couples Throughout History” as their theme. The boat parade on the Tchefuncte River will start at Salty’s Marina, continuing down the river to Marina Del Ray, turn and dock before the WEBB bridge in Madisonville. It cost $100 to enter a boat and new entries are always welcome. This year’s Honorary Grand Marshal is noted writer and Mardi Gras activist Webb Williams. The ball will take

place Feb. 13. For more information on joining the

fun, call captain Vacante at 796-1899.


Newcomers are invited to come join the fun (without their furry friends) Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Sweet Peppers on Gause Blvd. For more information on how to join and available sponsorships, call Gene Duvic at 639-3340.

• The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold. Purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power. • Mardi Gras attracts more than a half-million visitors a year to the New Orleans area. • The date of Mardi Gras changes every year because it's connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25. Mardi Gras is scheduled to be 47 days before Easter. • By law, float riders must always have a mask on. On Fat Tuesday, masking is legal for everyone else, and the elaborate masks that some wear add to the fun.


Feb. 16 Mardi Gras Day Kyle, Madison and Allison Boell wave to the riders in the Covingto n Lions Club’s 2009 parade.

Covington Lions Club Krewe of Covington follows The Covington Lions Club will roar down its usual route Mardi Gras Day at 10 a.m. in Covington. The Lions Club took over the Covington parade, which began with a teacher driving her students around in the back of a pick-up truck, more than 50 years ago. Participation is free of charge, but participants must fill out a form and obtain a rules sheet from Lions Club President Bill Woessner before they can join the parade. Line up will begin at 7:30 a.m., and the parade will leave out promptly at 10 a.m. To register to ride in the Covington Lions Club parade, call Woessner at 892-0788. The parade will be followed by a shortened Krewe of Covington parade.


Krewe of Chahta The Krewe of Chahta will roll at 1 pm. on Mardi Gras day in Lacombe. This will be the 21st parade for the group, which was formed by a group of residents looking for a way to bring the community together to celebrate Mardi Gras. This year’s theme will be “Spirit of the Wind,” and 21 members are expected to participate. Business Manager Gary Pierre said the membership has been down since Hurricane Katrina, and the krewe is actively seeking new members. Anyone interested, should call Float Organizer Moselle Williams at 8825298. This year’s parade will include 14 floats, three marching groups and various ATV, motorcycles and horseback riders. Estervan Williams will serve as this year’s chief, and Pauline Cousin is the queen. The parade will start at the fire station on U.S. Highway 190 and roll to 17th Street, where it will proceed to St. Mary Street. The parade will disband at the Lacombe park. The Krewe of Skunks, which in the past has fol-

Krewe of Chahta Chief Estervan Williams.

lowed the Krewe of Chahta, has not ran since Hurricane

Katrina and will not run this year.

Krewe of Folsom The Krewe of Folsom will parade Mardi Gras Day at 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “My Favorite Game.” This could be Monopoly, sports or any type of game. The parade will follow its traditional route forming at 12:30 p.m. at Magnolia Park. The parade will roll from the park up Olive Street to Louisiana Highway 25,

where it will travel north one block to St. Claude Street, then to Sabine Street and Louisiana Highway 40, where it will travel back to La. 25 and turn onto Jackson before it will head back on Olive Street and end at the park. The old-fashioned family oriented parade contained 125 entries last year. To par-

ticipate, call Debbie Wactor at 796-9833 for an application or pick one up at the Village of Folsom Town Hall or at Folsom’s Web site. The cost to enter the parade is as follows: $15 for a horse, wagon, ATV, motorcycle or golf cart; $20 for a car, truck or truck with trailer; or $35 for RV, fullsized float or semi-truck.



Scenes from 2009

Above, the fire department and emergency medical personnel had a big showing during the 2009 parade at Our Lady of Lourdes, as several floats rolled as fire engines and ambulances. At left, Carrie Van Lake shows off her beads and the float she made for the parade last year at Noah’s Arc Preschool. Below, Parker Penney gets a treat from crawfish masker Desiree Waguespack during a parade put on by STARC at the Primate Center last year.


Feb. 21

Mardi Paws to take walk along lakefront Last year, it was awarded four paws up! The Mardi Paws carnival krewe for pups and their human parents will transform Lakeshore Drive in Mandeville Feb. 21 into a traveling pet reality show with the theme “Mardi Paws Travels Around the World!” The parade will begin at the Mandeville Harbor at 2 p.m. with same day registration beginning at 12:30 p.m. Royalty will be unleashed Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. at the meeting of the court celebration. One lane will be barricaded on Lakeshore Drive for the walking, or prancing parade of pups to allow for larger spectator space. The parade will end at the reviewing stand on Lafitte Street and Lakeshore Drive. This year’s 15th parade is the only one scheduled after Mardi Gras and promises surprises, fun and imaginative costuming for participants, their families and spectators alike. Once again the coveted limited edition golden poop necklaces will be THE

Shown is Phoebe Serpas, whose owner is Christian Serpas, was the poster dog of the 2009 Mardi Paws parade. (File Photo)

throw to catch, limited only to royalty. Other throws will include stuffed cats for your dogs to play with, cup, beads and other regular throws. Costume judging, the coronation toast and pupparazzi will take place at the reviewing stand. The parade’s end will boast a five-paw afternoon celebra-

tion presented by sponsors and vendors including music, food, fun and an agility course for your best friend to work off any extra energy from the parade. Food booths will also be located along the parade route this year, offering human treats, if you’re a good boy, with proceeds benefiting many non-profits in the area. In case of poodles, or puddles, the rain date is set for Feb. 28. Fee for each of your furry friends to pawticipate is only $15, benefiting Have a Heart Thru Art and The St. Tammany Spay/Neuter Program, benefiting underprivileged and disabled children and animals throughout St. Tammany Parish. For more information, registration forms or directions, call Have a Heart Thru Art at 892-0060 or the St. Tammany Tourist Office at 1-800-634-9443.


Throw me everything, mister! Shelbi Maddox, 2, of Slidell sits atop the shoulders of her friend Guy Pennison and shows off all the goodies she caught at last year’s Selene parade. (File Photo)


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