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The Krewe of Alla Goes Coed
The Krewe of Alla, which was established in 1932, is proud to announce that it welcomes women to join the organization. Its board of directors has adopted Bylaws that remove the krewe’s all-male distinction, which it held for 82 years. It is anticipated that Alla will draw couples and families (children age 16 and older) who want to join in the merriment and fellowship that Carnival clubs offer.“We are very excited that women, who have ridden with us as guests for the past two years may become members with all the privileges that entails,” said John A. Beninate II, Alla’s captain. “We heard from many of our members’ spouses, daughters, and girlfriends who want to be members, not merely guests, of our organization. There’s no reason they shouldn’t be, and I’m happy to accept them into our ranks. This is a historic moment for Alla, which has a storied place in New Orleans’ Carnival history and rode on the Uptown route this year for the first time.” Alla’s next membership meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Those wishing to join the krewe may pay dues online at www.kreweofalla.net/join and may follow the krewe on Facebook and Twitter. Dues are only $450 and the krewe does not require members to purchase throw packages, event tickets, or pay an initiation fee.Alla was founded in Algiers and takes its name for that locale (Al., La.). It parades on the St. Charles Avenue route on the first Sunday of Carnival and is the fifth-oldest parading organization in the New Orleans area. . - KREWEOFALLA.NET

New Mardi Gras parade rules passed by City Council; Tucks is in the clear
Krewe of Tucks riders will be able to toss their toilet paper for the foreseeable future, but other krewes and marching groups will have to make changes to comply with new parading rules approved by the City Council.Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell said the new rules are aimed at making Mardi Gras safer for revelers and float riders alike.The rules:
•No generators on truck floats: All electricity will have to come from power inverters in the trucks.•Age limits on riders: No children younger than 3 can ride.•Cap the number of parade permits: The city will issue no more than 30 permits each year, though all existing parading groups will be granted a permit if they paraded the previous year. Right now there are 33 permitted groups.•Strict fire codes for floats and flambeaux.The rules requiring power inverters for truck floats don't go into effect until 2016.
District Chief Charles Jonau said the delay was meant to allow parading groups time to absorb the cost of the new equipment, which will cost them several thousand dollars to buy and install.Sonny Borey, chairman of the mayor's Mardi Gras Advisory Committee, a group that represents the parading organizations, said the new rules were backed by all of the board's members. Cantrell said that there is one remaining change to Mardi Gras rules that she would like to see in place: a prohibition against throwing heavy beads and bags of beads.She said that she and her staff are working on the particulars. If they have them ironed out by next month, or so, and are approved by the council, the new limits would be in place for Carnival next year. If not, they wouldn't go into effect until 2016, so krewes don't waste money on throws they can't use.. - NOLACOM

Metairie's Krewe of Zeus applies for St. Charles Parish parade permit
After losing its permit to parade in Jefferson Parish, the Krewe of Zeus is now seeking a parade permit in St. Charles Parish, hoping to roll on Ormond Boulveard in 2015, parish officials said. Sheriff Greg Champagne is now considering the application which was filed July 7. If the permit is approved, Zeus would roll down Ormond Boulevard on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 7. Fat Tuesday in 2015 is Feb. 17. Although St. Charles has a handful of other parades, there appear to be no other parades scheduled that night.The proposed route of the parade is from Ormond Plantation on River Road west to Ormond Boulevard. The parade will then proceed northbound on Ormond Boulevard to Greenwood Drive where it will make a u-turn on Ormond Boulevard and proceed southbound on the boulevard to River Road and then eastbound back to Ormond Plantation. The route of the parade is essentially an out and back route for almost the entire length of Ormond Boulevard, Champagne said. This year, the Jefferson Parish Department of Citizens Affairs suspended the permit for a year, saying it failed to meet minimum participation requirements. Zeus was cited for an insufficient number of marching bands and only nine floats, one fewer than the minimum. A fixture on Lundi Gras since 1957, Zeus was Metairie’s oldest Carnival krewe. - WWLTV.COM

Krewe of Bacchus' founding captain turning reins over to son
Owen “Pip” Brennan Jr., the founding captain of the Krewe of Bacchus, has turned over the reins of the city’s first super krewe to his son, who was elected captain by a vote of the krewe’s members Wednesday. Brennan’s son, Clark Brennan, has served Bacchus for decades as a member of the krewe’s board and chaired several of the krewe’s committees. He has also been a public face of the krewe throughout the year, doing media interviews and appearing at annual events welcoming each year's celebrity monarch. "I am surrounded by a dedicated board of directors who will help me continue the rich traditions of Bacchus while making headway into the future of this incredible krewe," Clark Brennan said in a statement. "Bacchus will sustain its goal of putting on a premiere Mardi Gras parade that focuses the spotlight on the City of New Orleans." Pip Brennan and the founders of Bacchus introduced the concept of a super krewe in 1968, when they founded the club, with a celebrity monarch, huge floats, throws and a post-parade party called the Rendezvous, originally held at the Rivergate. The founders' original idea was to “wake up” what they saw as a somewhat sleepy Carnival season, which had just a handful of parades at the time and no major parade on the weekend before Fat Tuesday. To honor Pip Brennan, Bacchus' board of directors has created the position of "captain emeritus" and elected him to the position. - WWLTV.COM

All-female Krewe of Athena gets approval to parade in Metairie
The Jefferson Parish Council granted approval Wednesday to the new, all-women Krewe of Athena to parade in Metairie during the 2015 Mardi Gras season, Athena spokesperson Chelsie McCormick said. And members are eager to make history. Assistant Principal Taisha Williams-Payne of L.B. Landry-O. Perry Walker High School started the krewe. Williams-Payne, president and krewe captain, said, "I've been doing Mardi Gras for years,'' but there has never been a krewe for her to join with leaders "who look more like me."She said Athena "is history-making." In her research, Williams-Payne, a Marrero resident, said there has been no other krewe led predominately by African-American women in Jefferson Parish. While membership in Athena is limited to women, it is open to all colors and creeds, she said. Athena also has a strong service component, she said. The krewe recently distributed care packages to homeless people under the Claiborne Avenue bridge, and plans are in place to give away school supplies in August to needy chlidren and offer health screenings to the community. Many women in the krewe are educators and nurses, she said. "Our goal is to do Mardi Gras and serve the community." The krewe is aiming to roll the first Friday of Carnival 2015.Visit www.kreweofathena.org. - NOLA.COM KREWEOFATHENA.ORG

Mardi Gras reality TV show producers seek New Orleans krewe riders
Mardi Gras in New Orleans will get a reality show of its own if TV producers Susie Delava and Johnny Sanchez have their way. The pair sent out a call to krewe members (and to NOLA.com) seeking riders who want to share "the most unique culture in America."Delava, an 18-year veteran of reality TV, has worked on scores of programs seen on Bravo, TLC, Animal Planet, FOX and CBS. Her partner, filmmaker Johnny Sanchez, is a New Orleans native; he has an insider's perspective on Mardi Gras, having experienced the sprawling Carnival season as a band member, float rider and bead-catching spectator.The pair has set up two opportunities for krewe members to meet with them and share stories: Sunday, June 8, noon-5 p.m., Chickie Wah Wah, 2828 Canal St.; and Tuesday, June 10, 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Musician's Union Hall, 2401 Esplanade Ave. A short, on-camera interview is part of the process. Coffee and other refreshments will be provided.The producers want a show "about Mardi Gras told through the voices of the people who live it ... complete with the trials and tribulations of balancing family and job with the drive to create the best Mardi Gras possible. - NOLA.COM

Napoleon construction will keep some parades from traditional route
Mardi Gras krewe captains have learned that the Napoleon Avenue route from Tchoupitoulas Street to St. Charles Avenue will not be open for parades by Carnival season because of ongoing construction. "I'm sure that parade routes will have to be adjusted," said the masked captain of the Knights of Sparta. "I have heard the possibility of using either Louisiana or Jackson avenue to come from the river and begin the parades there. Of course, that would shorten the parade route immensely." It certainly is a problem," said co-captain of the Krewe of Freret Bobby Hjortsberg. "My hope is that the city doesn't decide to cut the route shorter." The Krewe of Freret took the Napoleon route for their inaugural parade. "I hope we can come up with something that allows the route to either be extended longer or at least be the same length. Of course, there's trees and all the things involved with it. It's going to be a massive undertaking, but we have no choice but to come up with a solution," said Hjortsberg.Shortening the route wouldn't be the only option. Some parades already start from Jefferson Avenue, which the masked captain said could be another alternative."There are a number of ways to work that problem, and I'm sure we'll be working with the police in the days to come to solve that problem for each individual organization," he said.. - FOX8LIVE.COM

Number of N.O. parades due to shrink gradually to 30
Under the revised ordinance, the city will issue no more than 30 parade permits each Carnival season, four fewer than in the past. However, any organization granted a permit in the prior Carnival season will be able to hold onto its permit if it meets all requirements. Thus, the number of parades will be reduced only gradually and by attrition. As current organizations drop out, they will simply not be replaced until the number hits 30. Meanwhile, no more than two permits can be issued for night parades on the same date, but again with a grandfather clause exempting organizations that paraded on the corresponding night in the prior year. The number of floats allowed in a single parade has been increased from 27 to 45 “pull units,” defined in the ordinance as a single tractor or mule pulling a float or a tandem float. The minimum number of floats still is 14. Parade organizations also will be required to provide each float with a “unique, sequential Arabic number” corresponding with its order in the parade, ending the practice of labeling some floats with letters and others with numbers or Roman numerals. The rules also establish a minimum number of marching bands for each parade, determined by its number of floats. Parades with 14 to 27 pull units must have at least seven marching bands. Those with 28 to 36 pull units must have at least 10. The biggest parades must have at least 14. The previous rules required that parades of all sizes have no less than seven bands. The new ordinance leaves the rescheduling of rained-out parades to the mayor. There previously had been a schedule dictating when each parade would run if it had to be rescheduled because of bad weather. The ordinance also establishes the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Advisory Council, made up of representatives from each Carnival organization that paraded the previous year, as a committee that reports directly to the mayor. The body, among other things, will consider applications from prospective Carnival krewes and make recommendations to the mayor about whether a permit should be granted. - THENEWORLEANSADVOCATE.COM

Jefferson Parish recommends revoking permits for two Mardi Gras season parades
Two Mardi Gras season parades in Jefferson Parish failed to meet minimum participation requirements this year, so regulators are calling for revocation of their permits. Their report was released Friday from the Department of Citizens' Affairs.The Krewe of Zeus, which rolled on Lundi Gras in Metairie, was slapped with four citations, three of them stemming from an insufficient number of marching bands. Jefferson requires at least five, and regulators consider each missing band to be a separate violation. In addition, Zeus had only nine floats, one fewer than the minimum, according to parish records. Adonis, which paraded Feb. 22 in Terrytown, failed to roll with the minimum 200 costumed riders, according to the report, which does not say how many riders participated. After its 2013 parade, Adonis was fined $200 for having 20 unmasked riders and smoking on a float.Zeus is Metairie's oldest Carnival parade group. It canceled its 2013 parade over predictions of inclement weather.Representatives of Zeus and Adonis could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.. - NOLA.COM

Krewe of Gretna trucks seeks permission to roll on Mardi Gras 2015
The Krewe of Gretna formally requested permission to roll on Mardi Gras behind the Krewe of Grela, returning a truck parade to the city for the first time in 14 years. Truck parade Captain Michael Benedetto and organizer Jessica Welty presented their plans to the Gretna City Council last week.Benedetto who runs the Krewe of Jefferson truck parade said that krewe has a number of West Bank members who want to parade at home on Fat Tuesday. “We hope we can help them have this opportunity,’’ he said. Welty, Benedetto’s daughter, said the krewe hopes to have 15 truck floats in its debut. Elected officials welcomed the new krewe, with Mayor Belinda Constant saying residents have been wanting a truck parade for years. - NOLA.COM

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