The Krewe of Lul rode in full force last year after three years of cancellations, and parade organizers said that the group’s upcoming 46th anniversary ride will boast of 23 floats, numerous dance groups, and new additions to the beloved St. Charles Parish parade tradition.
Luling’s Mardi Gras parade is set for Feb. 18 at noon. Beginning at Winnwood Shopping Center, the parade route will turn onto Paul Maillard Road, take a right onto River Road, a right onto Sugarhouse Road, another right onto Angus Road and circle back to the same shopping center.
Krewe of Lul parade organizer Debbie Dufresne Vial said this year’s parade is dedicated in memory of Charles “Chuck” Oubre III.
“Charles served as a Krewe of Lul Captain for many years and organized and road with HBA annually in the parade,” she said. “This year is especially heartfelt because this is our first parade we’re going through without him. He served as a captain for the past two decades and he was so much a part of the parade. He was a really good person and we miss him a lot.”
Per Krewe of Lul tradition, there is no parade theme. Each float will have its own theme and throws.
Beth Landry has been involved in the parade for the past six years.
“I’m one of the newer captains and I help with planning the balls and the parade,” she said, adding that this year the Hahnville High School ROTC, cheerleaders, dance team and band will all take part in the parade as they have traditionally. “We have dance teams that come from near and far to be in our parade. It’s known as a family and community environment.”
New this year to the parade, she added, will be a Jeep club that is riding.
Dance teams, show cars, a horse-riding group, representatives from local fire departments, the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office and EMS will also be riding, as will be Parish President Matt Jewell. There will also be several festival queens as part of the day’s event. St. Charles Parish Hospital’s Mr. Peanut truck will once again be collecting jars of peanut butter to donate for food bank distribution, and parade goers are asked to bring jars of peanut butter to donate.
Landry said another addition the parade tradition this year was that all current and past Krewe of Lul royalty and captains were gifted flags by the organization to hang at their homes.
“It’s neat to look around the neighborhoods and see all the flags,” she said.