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Metairie Mardi Gras Parade Schedule 2020

Krewe of Little Rascals

The Krewe of Little Rascals Parade annually rolls along Veterans Boulevard from Clearview Shopping Center to the end at Martin Behrman. The Krewe's approximately four mile Parade makes no turns in Severn or Bonnabel.

Led by the Sheriff’s vehicles and our KLR Pace Car, the Parade travels the traditional Metairie Parade Route. We include our Captains, Royalty and Krewe on full-sized McKinley Cantrell floats. Everyone riding is strapped on. All members throw to the crowds lining the street.

A Special Feature is the Owens Sausage Company Horse Hitch, from Richardson, Texas. They are exclusive to the Little Rascals Parade.

The Jerusalem Temple and Farhad Grotto Shriners are a beloved part of our production, along with several horse riding clubs, car clubs, and several radio station vans and special vehicles. Many schools from the Metro Area participate along with dancing schools, military bands and floats, Jimmy’s Kids and a taekwondo club. When available, the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rides with us.

To children in the Metro Area, there is no greater thrill than being on a Mardi Gras float, throwing to crowds who are yelling, “Throw me something”

The Krewe of Little Rascals is America’s longest running, most flamboyant children’s Mardi Gras Krewe in Carnival history. “Today’s Little Rascals are Tomorrow’s Leaders and Our Hope for the Future”. This is the motto of the Krewe of Little Rascals, a non-profit organization named after Hollywood’s most famous kids group. They are a youth oriented traditional Mardi Gras Ball and Parade, with members ranging in age from 4 – 19 (younger positions are available in the Court) Founded in 1983, the group is patterned after the adult carnival clubs. The Krewe was a vision of a couple who believed that the Carnival Spirit of the old New Orleans should live and breathe through our youth, as well as through our adults. The Krewe was built with the intention of promoting the qualities of leadership and self esteem in our young members and fellowship among our families. Little Rascals is comprised of both parent sponsored members and individual/corporate sponsored members. They believe that children should be children and ALL children should have the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential regardless of race, religion or economic background.

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Never before has the history of the Mardi Gras celebration been looked at this way. Errol Laborde focuses on the first 60 years of the organized celebration in New Orleans, a period that bridges the premiere parade of the Mistick Krewe of Comus and the founding of the Zulu organization. Along the way he discovers fascinating characters; including a poetic journalist who survived a bloody attack, an archduke looking for fun and a would-be king finding religion. Laborde also links an African War with Custer¹s Last Stand and disproves some of the conventional wisdom about Carnival¹s early history. This is the most important contemporary book on early Carnival history. And it fun to read too.

about Errol Laborde
Errol Laborde is the Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. In that capacity he serves as Editor/Associate Publisher of New Orleans Magazine and Editor/ Publisher of Louisiana Life Magazine.He also oversees several other company publications, including St. Charles Avenue and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.

Laborde is producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12.

Laborde's most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God. a history of the Rex organization. He also wrote the text for a pictorial book, Mardi Gras- A Celebration and has published two compilations of his Streetcar local color columns, The Buzzard Wore A Tutu and I Never Danced With An Eggplant. BUY THE BOOK

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2020 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule 2020