Many of the parish schools will be holding their own Mardi Gras celebrations this week.
St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School’s kindergarteners will be parading as the Krewe of Kritters on Feb. 11 at 1:45 p.m. behind the school.
Pre-K students will act as the band for the parade with the school’s cheerleaders and dance team walking alongside the kids.
Each of the 44 kindergarten students will 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.
There is no theme for the parade, but the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers are usually well-represented.
“I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of Saints floats this year,” Laurent said.
Debbie Johnson, a kindergarten teacher at the school, founded the parade in 1986.
Luling Elementary kindergarten students will also be parading for Mardi Gras.
The school will hold its first Krewe of Lula parade on Feb. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
The school has held many parades in the past, but this is the first year that the group has been given a name. The name is in honor of the school’s new mascot, Lula.
This is also the first year that the route will be taken out of the school’s parking lot and onto the streets.
The parade will turn left onto Sugarhouse Road from the school’s parking lot, left on Courville Drive, loop around Collier Drive back to Courville, take a right back onto Sugarhouse and end at the school.
DOW volunteers will be walking with the students and the teacher and student of the year will be recognized.
New Sarpy Elementary will also be parading its kindergarten students on Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m.
Each kindergarten class will have its own theme in the walking parade in the school’s parking lot.
First-grade students will be parading for Allemands Elementary on Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
The parade will take place around the school’s bus circle where the children will throw beads as volunteers walk alongside.
At Mimosa Park Elementary, 2nd grade students are primarily responsible for the Mardi Gras parade. Each year, the class chooses a theme around the school’s pelican mascot, Percy. This year the theme is “Percy takes a vacation.”
There are 10 sections of the second grade and each section will represent a different place that Percy visits on vacation. Each class will wear special shirts and pieces.
“It’s like a social studies lesson,” said Principal Michele de Bruler.
The walking parade will be held Feb. 12 at 10:15 a.m. in the bus circle at the school.
Each year, the Lakewood Elementary parade stops by the school to toast the king and queen. This year’s Mimosa Park king and queen are Xavier Goff and Mya Theriot.
“We kind of kick off the Mardi Gras season with our 2nd graders toasting the 6th graders,” de Bruler said.
Lakewood Elementary’s parade will roll down its normal route, down Lakewood Drive to Mimosa Park. The 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will participate and this year’s theme is “Countries of the World.”
The 6th grade band will accompany the parade playing Saints-themed music. This year’s king and queen are Rene Petit and Katelyn Ortego.
R. J. Vial Elementary chooses royalty each year from the upper grade levels. R. J. Vial’s parade will be held on Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. this year at the school.