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Krewe of Freret
Krewe of Freret New Orleans - photo by Jules Richard

the Krewe of Freret
In late 2011, seven young Loyola graduates lamented the notion of squandering hard earned money to join a formal Krewe where they knew virtually no one and would have limited input. So rather than joining an existing Krewe, they sought to enhance Mardi Gras by creating a world class parade.

The original Krewe of Freret paraded for over forty years, bringing joy to the Freret neighborhood until the mid-1990′s. The original Krewe was captained by Nash Barreca, with a den located at his family’s restaurant on Freret Street, Frank’s Steakhouse. The floats would line up on Freret Street behind the Loyola Field House (now the gym/parking garage)

The name comes from a old carnival organization - photo by Jules Richard

The Krewe’s LLC expired nearly twenty years ago, before the new Krewe apopted the moniker in late 2011. Several descendants of Freret’s original ranks grace the new Krewe’s membership roll. Much like the old Krewe, the new Krewe cherishes the Freret Street mixed business and residential community.

Every year, Krewe of Freret members nominate their favorite Carnival royalty. An annual public coronation ceremony is held at the intersection of Royal Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, immediately preceeding Krewe du Vieux and Krewe Delusion.

Ginger Bread house - photo by Jules Richard

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