2021 just started, and I feel like it's been a year already. Not sure about y'all, but the reality of not having Mardi Gras parades this year is really starting to hit home. I didn't realize how sad I would be about this. I know I'm not alone. This is why I'm super excited about this new Mardi Gras tradition (ok, so it's not a tradition yet but let's make it one, ok?) – New Orleans Krewe of House Floats.
I got the chance to chat with Megan Boudreaux, the founder of Krewe of House Floats, about how she came up with the idea and things you need to know to experience the Krewe of House Floats in New Orleans.
Tell us a little about yourself. Are you a New Orleans Native?
I'm an insurance claims manager & retired roller derby player who moved to New Orleans in 2004, fresh out of college.
What is the inspiration behind the Krewe of House Floats?
When the mayor announced that parades would be canceled, I joked that I would just decorate my house and throw things at my neighbors, but the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like it was actually a good idea.
What do you hope the Krewe of House Floats will do for New Orleans?
I really hope that Krewe of House Floats can be a way for folks to find a little Mardi Gras joy while we continue to struggle through this pandemic.
Whether you DIY your decorations or decide to hire an artist, Krewe of House Floats welcomes all revelers looking for a safe way to celebrate carnival and support their neighbors.
It has really been heartwarming to see the city (and beyond!) come together to raise money, start food drives, support local businesses, support culture bearers & artists, and help each other through these difficult times.
What does the general public need to know about the Krewe of House Floats? Important dates, how they can get involved, etc.
Folks can still sign up to be official members at www.kreweofhousefloats.org.
Maps of the participating house floats will be released on the site on Feb 1, so they can be viewed for the two weeks ahead of Mardi Gras.
You may even see some contactless throws & goodies out there on the route.
Our official throw this year is the face mask (cover your mouth and nose!), but folks are also preparing handmade items and medallions if you are lucky.
On Mardi Gras Day, we ask that everyone celebrate close to home and keep each other safe by masking up, avoiding gatherings & crowds, and practicing social distancing.
We hope to have more live streams and virtual ways for folks to participate together as we get closer to the big day.
Do you think/hope this could be a new Mardi Gras Tradition even after parades roll again in 2022?
Will Krewe of House Floats continue into 2022? We are hopeful, but at this point, we have our hands full with Mardi Gras 2021!