The Krewe of Des Allemands Mardi Gras parade is set to roll through St. Charles Parish on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022 at 1 p.m.
Mitzi Petit, who helps organize the parade, said the fate of the Carnival tradition was once again in jeopardy. This year the committee wasn’t sure whether or not to have the parade because of the damage so many parish residents sustained due to Hurricane Ida, and last year the parade was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We were really not sure how to approach things this year,” Petit said. “Everybody has been through so much. We knew for sure that two floats were destroyed in Ida and that got us wondering if we lost more, and since the last parade we’ve had two float captains pass away. We were worried that it wouldn’t happen and that people wouldn’t be able to get a float together, but the response has been great so far … we’ve even had a few new faces reach out.”
Petit said details for the royalty dance are still being ironed out due to the extensive damage of facilities around the parish, but that updates would be posted to the Des Allemands Carnival Krewe Committee Facebook page.
The 2022 parade registration fee has been reduced to $100 for all floats, and all pageant queens, dance groups and other related groups are free. Feb. 24, 2022 is the deadline to register for the parade.
“I think everyone is ready to have Mardi Gras,” Petit said. “It’ll be nice to have the parade back. Especially with Ida … it’s more important than ever. The storm has definitely made our community a lot closer. We need that sense of normalcy and we’re ready to have our families back together and to have a good time. We may not all be in the same boat together, but we’re definitely in the same bayou together.”