Krewe of Oak Mid-Summer Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday August 25 ()
KREWE OF O.A.K. MID-SUMMER MARDI GRAS!
Lineup in front of the Maple Leaf – 8300 block of Oak Street
Parade leaves at 7:30 PM sharp!
Theme: Motorboatin on Oak
Wear a costume, be prepared to boogie.
Taking its name from the main commercial street in the Carrollton neighborhood, this year’s Krewe of Oak parade will take off from the front of the Maple Leaf Bar. Some krewe members insist the word OAK is an acronym for “Outrageous and Kinky” and, to witness one of their parades, a bystander might be inclined to agree.
Instead of traditional Mardi Gras floats, which would be too big to pass along Oak Street’s narrow streets, Krewe of Oak instead parade in outlandishly decorated golf carts and on foot. One or more brass bands also march with the parade. Residents of the neighborhood join in with marching groups of their own, like the “Bearded Oysters Dance Troupe,” a group of women led by a Mother Shucker in a Mardi Bra.
The parade route is about a mile and a quarter in length and the marchers stop at several neighborhood bars along the way. Last year, the parade spanned 8 blocks with over 50,000 people marching!
The Krewe of Oak parade ends where it began, in front of the Maple Leaf Bar, where the krewe’s “Mid-Summer Carnival Ball” is held. The ball begins at around midnight. There is a cover charge to get into the bar and attend the ball, but that includes beer and food.
Parade is FREE. Mid-Summer Carnival Ball has a cover charge.