Mid-Summer Mardi Gras 2014

Mid-Summer Mardi Gras
Presented by the Krewe of O.A.K
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
More information: 28th Annual Mid Summer Mardi Gras Facebook

FREE & OPEN TO EVERYONE
Royal Balcony Ceremony @ Maple Leaf Bar 7pm
Parade leaves from the 8300 Block of Oak Street 7:30pm SHARP

ROUTE:
Oak Street > Carrolton Avenue > Stop @ Palmer Park > Carrollton Avenue > Oak Street

This year’s theme: “Rub It All Over Your Body”
Presented by the Krewe of OAK.
Everyone is welcome to march.

Wear a costume, be prepared to boogie.

Taking its name from the main commercial street in the Carrollton neighborhood, this year’s Krewe of Oak parade will take off from the front of the Maple Leaf Bar. Some krewe members insist the word OAK is an acronym for “Outrageous and Kinky” and, to witness one of their parades, a bystander might be inclined to agree.

Instead of traditional Mardi Gras floats, which would be too big to pass along Oak Street’s narrow streets, Krewe of Oak instead parade in outlandishly decorated golf carts and on foot. One or more brass bands also march with the parade. Residents of the neighborhood join in with marching groups of their own, like the “Bearded Oysters Dance Troupe,” a group of women led by a Mother Shucker in a Mardi Bra.

The parade route is about a mile and a quarter in length and the marchers stop at several neighborhood bars along the way.

The Krewe of Oak parade ends where it began, in front of the Maple Leaf Bar, where the krewe’s “Mid-Summer Carnival Ball” is held. The ball begins at around midnight. There is a cover charge to get into the bar and attend the ball, but that includes beer and food.

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