For the 62nd year, the Krewe of Des Allemands is set to roll Sunday (Feb. 26) before what organizers believe will be another strong crowd of revelers.
The parade is set to roll at 1 p.m., beginning on Whitley Road before traveling up to U.S. Highway 90, turning into the town’s business district, heading down Dejean Street toward Old Spanish Trail and then backing up Lorraine Drive to the highway.
“We always have a big crowd for the parade. It’s a great time for families to get together,” said Mitzi Tregle, Krewe of Des Allemands spokeswoman. “It’s such a family-oriented event. The kids come out and are lined up along the route … a lot of family, that you don’t always get to see year round, you’re able to get together with on that day.”
“You always get good food and have a good time. You can’t beat that.”
The kind of family affair Tregle speaks of is reflected in the krewe’s royalty this year. The 2017 king and queen are married couple Roy and Betty Hogan of Des Allemands.
The grand marshals are sisters Beatrice Barbier and Sandra Yokum — the latter two are the first cousins of the king and the three were raised together in the same home.
Tregle said there will be as many as 30 total units, including 10 floats (though more could be added), altogether at the parade. She added all floats will be homemade with local riders.
Six fire departments will ride in the parade, while special guests Batman and Robin — Larry St. Germain and grandson, Devin of Destrehan will be part of the festivities. The Hahnville band and ROTC will also be marching.
To join the parade, contact Mitzi Tregle at firstname.lastname@example.org.