Krewe de Riviere preps for inaugural Mardi Gras parade
The Twin Cities Krewe de Riviere is set to roll out for its inaugural Mardi Gras parade on Saturday.
"We're rolling and we're throwing, and we're rocking," Krewe de Riviere president Judy Babb says. "Our theme is the Roaring '20s."
"What you can look forward to is really just a variety. We have a lot of beautiful floats that have just some great workmanship on them, a lot of great music, lights, colors, sounds. So, there's something for everyone in this parade."
Babb says they have well more than enough items to throw, so they will make sure everyone catches the biggest beads, toys and other gifts in the twin cities.
"We are all about the throws. There's nothing more frustrating than when you're standing at a parade and they pass you by and they're just dangling their beads, and they don't want to throw them. So, we are here to throw… balls and toys and cups and hula hoops. I promise your kids will go home happy."
The krewe is also keeping it green for the celebration. The first few floats will provide people with reusable grocery bags Babb says parade-goers will need to hang onto all of their pickups. Most of the beads they purchased are also coming the Arc of Greater New Orleans.
"They wash and recycle the beads. They use autistic individuals. They give them full-time employment. It's a great organization, a great charity, and then they sell them back to the krewes."
Even with all of the cool catches, Babb says you might even see some famous faces on the floats like Dallas Cowboy Xavier Woods, grand marshal Robert Finley and the inagaural king and queen.
"Our king and queen was chosen by the community. So, we have King Tommy Simms who runs local veteran's homes, and we have Queen Ginger Padgett who has lost and found pets. She does a lot of advocacy for our fur babies in the area."
Babb says their first Mardi Gras parade will be a good fun time for the whole family. "That's what Mardi Gras is all about for us. It's all about community, and it's all about having fun, and it's about family, and we're trying to incorporate more family into Mardi Gras."
The Krewe de Riviere's Mardi Gras ball will follow the parade at the Monroe Civic Center.
To view the parade route and see when streets will be closed for the parade,