Last year, an event came to LaGrange in a stream of festive colors of purple and gold. Last February your local Krewe of Mask held the first ever family friendly Mardi Gras parade in the streets of downtown La-Grange. The parade was a huge success, with riders and floats pouring through the streets. After the parade, there was a lavish affair at Del’Avant where people gathered to see their king and queen. Now, with Mardi Gras season right around the corner, the Krewe of Mask is gearing up for their second annual parade this February.
The Krewe recently revealed many details for this year’s parade. The second annual family friendly Mardi Gras parade in downtown LaGrange will officially roll on Saturday, February 3rd. This year’s themes will be mystical creatures, with bigfoot, dragons, monsters, and all sorts of creatures adorning the floats as they slink their way through the downtown. There will also be another party at Del’Avant after the parade this year with the king, queen, and the entire krewe.
The Krewe is also working on several other upcoming ideas surrounding the parade for this year. There are official Krewe of Mask t-shirts and hats available for sale, new 16 ounce cups for the parade this year, beads will be available for purchase, and doubloons that will be available as well. The Krewe also discussed the title float and shared some designs/concepts that have been drawn up. Kenny Lewis will once again be providing music at the after party and the Krewe’s website, kreweofmask. com, is officially up and running.
Recently, the Krewe held their meeting celebrating twelfth night at Brickhouse where they announced their king and queen for the parade this year, Neil and Trish Leichty. Neil and Trish Leichty are members of the Krewe and have long been instrumental in its success. The owners of Nutwood Plantation, the couple has given the group a place to conduct many different functions, including their ice cream social and other parties last year. Last year, the king and queen of Behind the Mask also served as the king and queen of the Mardi Gras parade. This year that is not the case, as the Krewe selected the first king and queen who will serve as a representation of their group. They donned their crown and tiara, scepters in hand, and posed for photos under the gold and purple decorations.
Make sure to show up early and get a great spot for this year’s Mardi Gras parade and find the spirit and joy of the holiday season.