The 2015 version of Krewe du Vieux rolled throughout the Marigny, French Quarter, and Central Business District last evening before a large adult crowd, some small children, and a few kids who had no business attending. It was an all new route for the non-profit krewe dedicated to the historical and traditional concept of a Mardi Gras parade as a venue for individual creative expression and satirical comment.

Virtually all the music provided by the parade last night came from brass bands from around New Orleans.- Langiappe, Pinettes, Kinfolk, TBC, New Birth, Jazzmen, Bone Tone, Big Fun, One Love, Young Fellaz, Paulin Bros, Treme, Egg Yolk Jubilee, and Baby Boy. KdV is the top music parade in the city, and that’s no small statement. 20+ great brass bands truly enrich the parade going experience for both the participants and crowd. We march 3.8 miles across Marigny, the Quarter and the CBD, and every step of the way was a joy due to the continuous, non-amplified, mobile concert that accompanied each krewe.

Egg Yolk Jubilee

Egg Yolk Jubilee

OffBeat Pinettes Cover

OffBeat Pinettes Cover

The KdV pre-party was the food highlight of the evening. The abundant Popeyes’ fried chicken, red beans, po-boys, homemade cheesecakes, salads, and finger sandwiches went over very well. The best food I scarfed- marinaded filet mignon sandwich on biscuit with spring greens and goat cheese.

The temperature was in the mid 50s as the parade kicked off.  The parade was the peak event of the evening. The brass band marching immediately in front of our mule was the Big Fun Brass Band. Behind me was Underwear stalwart Egg Yolk Jubilee. Both were extraordinary and added a lot of weight to the festivities. Since my position as Escort is next to the float, I mostly heard the band in front of me.  After listening to and dancing to them for a couple of hours, I realized how much the band had improved my parade experience.

I have found that the amount of fun to be had being part of a parade is directly related to the amount of throws you have to throw during the parade. If you have enough throws so you can throw from beginning to end, you will have a superlative time. If you have less throws, you may not have as good a time.

Each sub-krewe that collectively make up KdV design their own hard biting, ribald float based on the mother krewe’s 2015 theme, KdV Begs For Change. This makes for well thought out, well constructed floats. I generally¬† include a photo essay from KdV taken before the parade rolls, but after they have left the den and set up in pre-staging before moving to the start of the parade.

 

NOMusicMan at KdV 2015

NOMusicMan at KdV 2015

Early Parade Goers at KdV 2015 Before Parade Launched

Early Parade Goers at KdV 2015 Before Parade Launched

Krewe of Underwear 2015 Float j

Krewe of Underwear 2015 Float

KdV2015 Title Float- Begs For Change!

KdV2015 Title Float- Begs For Change!

KdV 2015

KdV 2015

KdV 2015

KdV 2015

KdV  2015

KdV 2015

 

KdV 2015 Float

KdV 2015 Float

KdV 2015 Float

KdV 2015 Float

 

 

 

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