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This is one sorry and sad feature.

For 2012, Gretna loses their most historic Mardi Gras Day parade, Grela, the West Bank’s only local celebration on Fat Tuesday.

Just last month, Grela announced their plan of cobbling together $60,000 from 3 Greta City Council members and a corporate sponsor but the corporation couldn’t pull off their commitment.

Krewe of Grela Doubloon

Krewe of Grela Doubloon

Krewe of Grela logo

Grela logo

Gretna stopped funding Mardi Gras in April when officials had to choose between paying for Mardi Gras activities and giving money to the Gretna Heritage Festival.

Yes, Gretna Fest has grown into a really nice festival, but Grela is Jefferson Parish’s oldest Carnival krewe. Gretna Fest has a huge budget with the dozens of bands that play the several day festival. They have corporate funding, charge a cover charge to enter the Festival, and sell a lot of food, drinks, and beer. They certainly could have covered the $30,000 much much easier than Grela could, and this is an obvious fact the Council should have seen a mile off.

Therefore, a Carnival Jeer goes out to the Gretna City Council for backing the total wrong horse with this poor decision in April 2011. The krewe was founded in 1947 as a men’s club, but it changed its name to Grela, an acronym for Gretna, La.

Grela Vice President Carmen Kass said she feels “rotten” about the krewe’s missed year, questioning whether the council ever really wanted to save Grela. She said initially the krewe was told it would cost the city $67,000 to host a Mardi Gras parade, but that number grew to $85,000. Kass said that amount would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for the krewe to raise in addition to the $150,000 to $165,000 price tag for the parade. More important, she said city officials told Grela that raising the money wouldn’t be a temporary fix until the city got back on its feet financially, but the new status quo.

After this slap in the face, Grela may end up returning in 2013 in Westwego. We’ll have to see.

Earlier this year Rhea, another Jefferson Parish krewe, called it quits. Rhea was formed in 1969, making this parade over 40 years old!  It began as an all woman parade, but became coed in later years. Rhea was the first Jefferson parade to roll down Veterans Boulevard, and the one of the few Jefferson parades to hold their ball in the Municipal Auditorium in New Orleans.

Rhea logo

Rhea logo

2011 New Orleans Metro Area Mardi Gras Parade Schedule


Thursday, Jan 6

6pm  Phunny Phorty Phellows – New Orleans’ only Streetcar parade!

6pm Joan of Arc Parade, French Quarter

Sunday, Feb 6

1pm Troy, Slidell

Sunday, Feb 13

1pm Slidellians, Slidell

Saturday, Feb 19

Noon Bilge, Slidell

7pm  Krewe du Vieux, French Quarter & Marigny

Sunday, Feb 20

11am Lil’ Rascals, Metairie

1 pm Perseus, Slidell

Friday, Feb 25

6 pm Krewe of Pericles, Ponchatoula

6:30pm Cleopatra, West Bank

6:30pm Oshun, Uptown

7pm Eve, Mandeville

7pm Atlas, Metairie

7pm Gladiators, St. Bernard

7:30pm Pygmalion, Uptown

Saturday, Feb 26

Noon Alladin, West Bank

Noon Ponchartrain, Uptown

5:30pm Olympia, Covington

6pm Sparta, Uptown

6pm Caesar, Metairie

7pm Pegasus, New Orleans

7pm Mona Lisa, Slidell

Sunday, February 27

Noon Carrollton, Uptown

Noon Alla, West Bank

1pm Dionysus, Slidell

1:15pm King Arthur, Uptown

2:30pm Rhea, Metairie

5:30pm Centurians, Metairie

6pm Jupiter, Baton Rouge

Tuesday, March 1

6pm Ancient Druids, Uptown

6:45pm Morpheus, Uptown

Wednesday, March 2

6pm Saturn, Uptown

6:45 pm Muses, Uptown

7pm Thor, Metairie

Thursday, March 3

5:45pm Babylon, Uptown

6:30pm Chaos, Uptown

7pm Excalibur, Metairie

Friday, March 4

6pm Hermes, Uptown

6:30pm Krewe d’Etat, Uptown

6:30pm Selene, Slidell

6:30pm Aquila, Metairie

7pm Orpheus, Mandeville

7pm Aphrodite, St. Bernard

7:30pm Knights of Jason, Metairie

Saturday, March 5

9am Bush, Bush

11:30am NOMTOC, West Bank

Noon Iris, Uptown

12:30pm Ulysses, West Bank

1pm Tucks, Uptown

2pm MCCA, Bogalusa

4:15pm Endymion, Mid City

6pm Isis, Metairie

Sunday, March 6

10am Tchefuncte, Mandeville

11am Okeanos, Uptown

11:30am Thoth, Uptown

Noon Poseidon, West Bank

Noon Mercury, Metairie

1pm Adonis, West Bank

2:30pm Mid City, Uptown

5:15pm Bacchus, Uptown

5:30pm Napoleon, Metairie

Monday, March 7

5:15pm Proteus, Uptown

5:45pm Orpheus, Uptown

6:30pm Zeus, Metairie


8:30am Zulu, Uptown

10am Rex, Uptown

10am Argus, Metairie

11am Elks Jefferson, Metairie  Truck Parade

After Elks Jefferson, Elks Krewe of Jeffersonians, Metairie  Truck Parade

11am Grela, West Bank

After Grela, Elks Gretna, West Bank  Truck Parade

11am Lions, Covington

11am Elks Orleans, Uptown Truck Parade

After Elks Crescent City, Uptown Truck Parade

Noon Chactow, West Bank

1pm Skunks, Lacombe

1pm Chahta, Lacombe

1:30pm Folsom, Folsom

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