Sunday, February 12, 2006

Krewe du Vieux photos

If you don't understand what you're about to see, Krewe du Vieux is a one-of-a-kind parade organization. This, the first parade of the Mardi Gras season, is an irreverent, bawdy, sometimes lewd statement on life in New Orleans -- using humor and a citizen's perspective to roast politicians and challenge convention. Nothing and nobody is safe from being cast in the most negative light. Everything is fair game.

I stood on Frenchman street for the parade.

The long-awaited first float of the 2006 Carnival season turns the corner!

Long a friend of America's Wetland, Mr. Bill leads the parade (more about Mr. Bill here).

Confounded flash doesn't recharge fast enough, and he was moving too fast, but Professor Fuck-You-Fucking-Fucks was the mime in the booth.

One of many out-of-the-ordinary throws.

I think the theme was "Naginicity."

Lewders gone wild.

Gimme that mold-time religion.

Accurate right down to the grimy flood stain above the window sill.

Mark from the wet bank guide was in the Seeds of Decline Krewe with the theme "Fighting the Futilities."

Complete with a rotating hurricane vortex.

I'm hoping to get a copy of the Nagin centerfold sent to me. If you have a throw that didn't appear here and want me to post it, I'd love if you sent it (schroeder915 at yahoo dot com).

The Carnival parade schedule, parade route maps, and more about Mardi Gras can be found at

2/13/06 update: The Washington Post has this story on KDV.


At 2/12/2006 06:10:00 PM, Blogger BadTux said...

Were most of the people around mostly outsiders or locals? Just curious, there's a lot of folks outside New Orleans who need some education, and laughter is the best education there is (as well as being the medicine for all that ails a soul). It'd be great if some of these folks go home and tell their friends and family and neighbors what really happened (and is happening) in southeast Louisiana.


At 2/12/2006 10:17:00 PM, Blogger potlikker said...

Actually, I was surprised by the huge number of outsiders. I've never noticed that many for kdv. My guess is that they were contractors and family of contractors.

At 2/13/2006 03:01:00 PM, Blogger Tara said...

absolutely brilliant!! I have always loved that New Orleans inherited that French attitude "fuck you--joie de vivre!" Humor is essential to life, especially in times like this. It's a beautiful sight to see -- so many people celebrating and venting their anger and frustration in this way. From afar it sends a pointed message of beauty in the face of adversity and of defiance and strength. Thanks for sharing the pictures, Schroeder.

At 2/13/2006 11:34:00 PM, Anonymous ashley said...

Ne'er do wells, all. Why should we rebuild their levees, when they waste their money on such frivolity? They had it coming.

(it's a joke, people...I'm the friggin mime...)

Nice pix! I think that there were more out of towners at the 97 KdV when we paraded the night before the Super Bowl, but this was a close second.

At 7/20/2006 09:56:00 AM, Anonymous Maitri said...

Hey, you have a picture of our float: C.R.A.P.S. Fingers The Dike. That was us in the yellow hair. Do you remember seeing an Indian woman with flaming yellow hair and a long, black coat and boots (a la Matrix)?

At 7/20/2006 05:37:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Sorry Maitri -- I remember the group passing by, but I think I was too far back in the crowd by that time -- or the crowd had crowded in front of me.


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