Krewe of Dage dazzles LaPlace

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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LAPLACE — The Krewe of Dage celebrated its fifth year with its annual parade.

The Krewe of Dagé rolled through the streets of LaPlace with 25 rental floats, a live band, horses, dance teams and visiting queens on Sunday.

The parade maintained its traditional route down Main Street, turning right onto West Fifth Street, down Hemlock, crossing Airline Highway to Carrollwood Drive, taking a right onto Greenwood, and finally continuing down Fairway.

The parade was greeted by a large crowd and lasted more than an hour. It was also lived streamed by the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s department.

Throws included the traditional beads and cups, but also “fuzzy” beads, hula hoops, stuffed animals and koozies. The crowd was upbeat and excited to see East John High School band, dancers from Lake Pontchartrain Elementary, East St. John Preparatory Academy, LaPlace Elementary and the St Helena College & Career Academy from Greensburg.

Also in attendance was St. John Sheriff Mike Tregre, St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard and Louisiana State Representative Randal Gaines.

The Krewe of Dagé’s impact has grown by leaps and bounds since it was founded in August 2018, according to member Jean Stewart.

Guided by the motto “Education is key,” the organization has also made an impact with youth across the River Parishes.

Last year, Krewe of Dagé presented four $1,500 scholarships to 2022 recipients Logan L. Oubre and Ashton Mykel Borden of St. James High School, DoMonique A. Warren of NOCCA, and Anahja W. Hickerson of Hahnville High School.

— Brooke R. Cantrelle contributed to this report.