Krewe de Canailles: Cruise de Canailles 2021, Lafayette’s first-and-only walking parade, will feature a modified, yet festive, format designed for safe participation, “Oh, The Places We Didn’t Go!” Registration for the event opened Oct. 1.
With so many uncertainties in the world of public events, Krewe de Canailles (KDC) has decided to take an adapted approach to the familiar Mardi Gras Parade in 2021, according to event organizers. Fitting with the 2021 theme, KDC Sub-Krewes will set up at designated locations, and decorate their lawns, porches and themselves with their sub-krewe’s theme.
It’s a chance to celebrate 2020 being over, and being “over” 2020. The theme may include the roads not traveled, anything you missed, things you are fachéd about or whatever message you wish to communicate to 2020. Let it out, event organizers say. All sub-krewe parade stops will be mapped for the public to cruise by to see costumes and decorations, and to engage in general revelry. The format is similar to driving around to look at Christmas decorations, but instead revelers will be in the Mardi Gras spirit.
“When we started planning for 2021,” said Blaze Peterson, co-founder and president of KDC, “it was difficult. Yet, with the format for 2021, we’ve found a way to still spark that Mardi Gras magic, while keeping our members and the public safe.
“To me,” Peterson added, “this is the essence of what KDC is all about – finding alternative, creative forms of expression that bring our community together.”
We’ve put Mardi Gras back into the hands of the people with our values of inclusivity, creativity and sustainability, and created a Lafayette Mardi Gras experience like no other. This year, the krewes, the memberships and the parade may differ from the norm, but Cruise de Canailles will further its status as a Mardi Gras parade like no other.
“One of the best things about Krewe de Canailles,” continued Peterson, “is the closeness between the crowd and krewe members, the magical energy created with us as a walking krewe and the absence of barricades.
“We thought social distancing meant we would have to forego that closeness,” Peterson said, “but we are really proud of the innovative idea we implemented to restore the revelry.”
The rules may have changed, but the game remains the same. In KDC, any group of people can pull together to create a krewe, so despite enduring an unprecedented social climate in 2020, KDC would like to put the people back in Mardi Gras in 2021.
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