Let the good times roll.
The Krewe of Des Allemands parade is back in action this Sunday at 1 p.m. as a tight-knit community gathers once again to celebrate Mardi Gras.
“We always look forward to it,” said Mitzi Petit of the Krewe of Des Allemands parade committee. “Seeing the families all get together … this is a day for that and you see it all across the parade route, families together having a good time. That this is such a family event, it really makes it so much fun.”
Petit estimates 10 to 12 floats will be a part of the action again, along with the local school bands, ROTC, fire trucks and more.
The parade route begins 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.
Merlin Schaubhut and Joyce Chiasson Schaubhut reign this year as King and Queen. Cousins Peggy Matherne Frickey and Linda Schaubhut Cunningham are the Krewe’s Grand Marshals.
Merlin Schaubhut’s parents reigned as king and queen in 1998. All four members of this year’s royalty are family members as well – Cunningham is Merlin’s sister, while Frickey is Cunningham’s cousin.
“It’s a bit of a family reunion for them,” said Petit.
As in years past, St. Charles Parish Hospital will be collecting peanut butter and cash along the parade route. Everything collected will be donated to St. Charles Social concerns to stock their pantry. The tradition now spans more than 30 years.
The parade as a whole, meanwhile, has been rolling for more than 60 years. The event was sidelined for two years due to COVID-19 and storm devastation, but it’s been back and going strong for the past two years.
“Des Allemands has lost so much since the storm, so we’re holding on to what we have,” Petit said. “It should be a good time for everyone.”