River Region parade season rolling out fun

Published 11:45 pm Friday, January 30, 2015

LAPLACE — While New Orleans is undoubtedly the hub of Mardi Gras parades, residents of the River Parishes are gearing up for five local parades that will help them revel in the Carnival season.

Krewe of Lul

2015 marks the 38th ride for St. Charles Parish’s Krewe of Lul. This year’s parade will roll through Luling at noon Feb. 14.

The Krewe is comprised of more than 30 floats created by individual groups, including the Krewe of Mixed Nuts, Cajuns on the Bayou, Krewe of HBA, Krewe of Rhapsody, Becnel Bunc, Diamond Social Club, Derby Gang and the Millennium Carnival Club. The parade begins at Sugarhouse Road and Courville Drive in Luling.

The parade will lineup and begin at Winnwood Shopping Center, turn right onto Paul Maillard Road, continue to and turn right on River Road, continue to and turn right on Sugarhouse Road, continue to and turn right on Angus Drive and disband at Paul Maillard Road.

St. Charles Parish Hospital will have a truck collecting peanut butter and cash donations along the route to be donated to the St. Charles Social Concerns Food Bank.

Krewe of Towahpasah

Krewe of Towahpasah, Reserve’s distinctive parade, will roll at 1 p.m. Feb. 14.

Royalty for this unique street procession is announced the day of the parade.

There is no entrance fee for the parade, but interested riders must show proof of insurance on the vehicle they will be riding in. Vehicles will line up at Riverside Academy in Reserve, and all are welcome to ride.

Krewe du Monde

Krewe du Monde, the largest parade in the River Parishes, will roll at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 in LaPlace.

A parade with a purpose, Krewe du Monde is a fundraiser for the local chapter of the Lion’s Club and will feature approximately 25 floats and numerous school and dance groups.

The parade starts on Main Street and ends at the intersection of Fairway and Belle Terre Boulevard.

Krewe of Des Allemands

The Krewe of Des Allemands will roll beginning at the corner of Louisiana 631 and Wenger Road. in Des Allemands at 1 p.m. Feb. 15.

St. Charles Parish Hospital will sponsor its peanut butter truck, and jars of peanut butter and monetary contributions will be donated to the St. Charles Social Concerns food pantry. Parade-goers are asked to bring peanut butter to the parade.

Krewe of Tomorrow

The Krewe of Tomorrow, St. James Parish’s only Carnival parade and the only parade in the River Parishes that rolls on Fat Tuesday, will roll at 1 p.m. Feb. 17. This year’s theme is “Masquerade.”

Roxie Batiste, one of two presidents of the parade, said the parade starts at Lutcher Elementary School, travels to Sacred Heart Church in Gramercy and loops back around to end at Lutcher Elementary School.