Wagon floats, crazy costumes greet parents at school parades

Adults will not be the only ones celebrating Carnival this week. Schools across the parish will be hosting their own Mardi Gras parades on Friday, March 4, that the community can support.

Luling Elementary kindergarten students will be parading when the school holds its second annual Krewe of Lula parade at 1:30 p.m. Last year, the krewe’s route was taken out of the school’s parking lot, but this year it will remain on the school grounds.

“Our annual kindergarten Mardi Gras parade provides an opportunity for families and community members to share in unique Louisiana traditions with our children,” said A.J. Pethe, LES principal.

While the school has hosted a parade for many years, the krewe’s name was given last year to honor the school’s new mascot, Lula.

The Krewe of Kritters at St. Charles Borromeo School in Destrehan will roll at 1:45 p.m. behind the school. Pre-K students will participate in the band and the cheerleaders and dance team will walk alongside the kids.

Each year, the kindergarten students either build their own float on a wagon or team up with another student to build one together.

“The floats have been getting bigger and bigger. It’s almost like we need to have Blaine Kern out here,” said Stephanie Laurent, development coordinator for the school.

New Sarpy Elementary kindergarten students will roll at 2:30 p.m. with each kindergarten class having its own theme in the walking parade in the school’s parking lot.

First-grade students will parade at Allemands Elementary at 2 p.m. around the school’s bus circle. Children will throw beads while volunteers walk alongside. This year’s Grand Marshall is Jenny Baudoin, the school’s teacher of the year.
Students at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Norco will also celebrate Mardi Gras with a parade at 10 a.m. in the school parking lot.

At Mimosa Park Elementary, 2nd grade students are primarily responsible for the Mardi Gras parade, which takes place in front of the school at 10 a.m. Each year, the class chooses a theme around the school’s pelican mascot, Percy. This year’s king and queen are Bryson Thomas and Savannah Sandusky.

Lakewood Elementary’s 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will roll down the school’s normal parade route: down Lakewood Drive to Mimosa Park.

The 6th grade band will accompany the parade.

R. J. Vial Elementary’s parade will roll at 1 p.m., leaving the campus, walking down Eula Street, taking a right on Louisiana Street, a left on Market Street, another right on South Street and into the J.B. Martin parking lot.

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