"Well, if you put your nickel
Well now, I'll put a dime down
We can get together now
And drink us some wine
All because it's Carnival Ti-i-ime
Whoa, it's Carnival Time
Oh well, it's Carnival Time
And everybody's havin' fun"
- Carnival Time by Al Johnson
For the last 20+ years, my family has been a part of the Krewe of Crescent City. The Crescent City Truck parade is the last parade to “roll” on Mardi Gras day. Our parade is the official “beginning of the end” of the Carnival season. The “truck” parades were always my favorites because you never knew what you were going to get. They weren’t like the bigger organizations where you knew you were going to get doubloons, cups, and of course beads. There’s no better way to partake in Mardi Gras festivities than being on a float and out of the crowd.
I didn’t start riding consistently until my son was about two years old. He’s ridden every year since. The Krewe does not dictate the theme, instead they allow each float to come up with the own theme, décor, and costumes. My family works together building and decorating our float every year. We are on the float for about 10-12 hours on Mardi Gras day. We’re fully equipped with a dj, food and drinks, and a bathroom. It’s a party on wheels.
It’s definitely an amazing experience and the only way I’ll be a willing participant of Mardi Gras. The kid doesn’t know Mardi Gras any other way! It’s not my favorite time of year, but it’s home and I love it anyway!