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Krewe du Vieux Brass Band List


No parade uses so many brass bands, no parade uses so many mules, no other parade has such biting satire, marches in the French Quarter, etc. Krewe du Vieux is the most unique parade in New Orleans, and I wouldn’t begin my Carnival Parade Season with any other parade. I love the Krewe du Vieux!!

Parade Brass Bands:

The Baby Boyz
Bone Tone
Charles Joseph
Da Truth
Down N Dirty
Egg Yolk Jubilee
The Free agents
The Jazzmen
Kirk Joseph
New Birth Brass Band
New Era Brass Band
The Paulin Brothers
The Red Hot Brass Band
The Soul Rebels
The Stooges

2009 Krewe du Vieux rolls

2009 Krewe of Underwear takes to the street for Stimulus Package#15, 2009 KdV sub Krewe of Underwear float

My Float: #15, 2009 KdV sub Krewe of Underwear float

February 7, 2009- Krewe du Vieux, the only French Quarter-Marigny mule driven Mardi Gras parade, rolled around 7:00 pm. This was my first year associated with KdV.  It’s the most ribald parade also, heavy on the political satire. 17 floats with 19 New Orleans Brass Bands.

I do have a history with KdV’s predecessor, the  Krewe of Clones. The Contemporary Arts Center started Clones in late 70s. We learned that the person managing the parade took his partying seriously and by the time the last floats joined in the parade, he wasn’t in the best shape to conduct his duties. We would paint our old VW bus into a giraffe or elephant, and drive right into the parade.  We did this for several years.

I also had my own float in Tucks for three years during the time that Tucks allowed independent floats for a price. I would rent a stakebed truck and we’d decorate this. Here’s a picture of one of my three floats. I think this is the first one.  Tucks Float early 80s The fee was around $500.00 each year. 25 of my friends from around the country would come down and ride with my family and neighborhood kids.

My friend Jack got me involved with KdV a couple of weeks ago,  when he mentioned that the sub-krewe he marched with,  Krewe of Underwear, needed a couple of additional escorts. Escorts are the Krewe’s security force, maintaining order on the parade route.  I signed up through the Krewe’s  Escort Manager, Jen.  It’s a volunteer position with heavy perks.  In my estimation, well worth the effort.

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