Unique flair, fun big draw to Des Allemands parade

With more than 50 years of history, the Krewe of Des Allemands parade will roll down its familiar route with 14 floats and more than 250 riders.

In keeping with tradition, the parade will roll on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

The Hahnville High School marching band will play for the crowds during the parade and dance troupes will help get attendees into a Mardi Gras mood.

There will be around 30 units in the parade.This year’s king and queen, Ronald and Audrey Matherne, will reign over the parade. The couple will toss special medallion beads to the crowd.

Grand marshal Lupe Sweeney, from Des Allemands, will lead the parade.

Other parish royalty will also grace the streets of Des Allemands on Sunday, including festival queens from around the parish.

Full of unique flair and fun, each float in the Des Allemands parade has its own festive name, and families from around the area will line the streets and cook out in front of their homes to greet the paraders.

“We pass through a lot of subdivision streets and family’s homes, so there are always people cooking and gathering along the route,” Brenda Folse, parade organizer, said. “So many people enjoy the day with their family. It’s a great family event.”

It’s not too late to add your quirky group to the lineup. Floats can join the krewe for $350 for small floats and $400 for larger ones. Those interested in joining the parade this weekend can call Folse at (504)952-4889.

The parade will begin on Whitley Road, travel up to Highway 90, turn into the town’s business district, head down Dejean Street towards Old Spanish Trail and then back up Lorraine Drive to the highway.


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