Sunday, February 15, 2009

In Praise of the Krewe of King Arthur

The first weekend of parades, I really don't pay a whole lot of attention.  Oh, I attend a few.

The one parade that I truly relish is the Krewe of King Arthur.

As Ashley and Berto and I used to discuss regularly, the Krewe of King Arthur is a parade that looks and acts like New Orleans--not just one sector of New Orleans.

Westbank.  Eastbank.  Black.  White.  Brown.  Tan.  Hispanic.  Palewhitelikeme.  Asian.  Jazz.  Hip hop.  Brass bands.  Dance teams with speakers blaring electronic garbage.

It's all there, all out there, with no pretense, other than the quite-accurate pretense of being a damned good time.

King Arthur is the Gentilly, the Superdome Terrace, of Mardi Gras Parades.

A parade in FrenchAfricanItalianIrish New Orleans named after an English king.

I love this city.  I love this parade.

12 comments:

Chairman Cao said...

Vietmenese, too

dillyberto said...

King Arthur is the best of all worlds.

It is prior to the crush of touristas.

It is daytime.

It is neither gay and straight.

It is what the Krewe of America was supposed to be.

It is about the nobler side of the Round Table Knights - Arthur embodies this humanity.

The art and thought behind the parade is also there.

Agreed...

BEER said...

Parades are great!

Leigh C. said...

And my husband says EVERYbody in King Arthur throws to him, even if he is not in the coveted male age bracket for loot-gathering from the parades (i.e., under 13 or over 75).

LatinTeacher said...

I just love Mardi Gras. This is the time of year that I miss New Orleans the most. This and Sundays in the fall.

Anonymous said...

wasn't this a pretty pathetic Westbank parade about 7 years ago? has it reincarnated and changed -banks?

Anonymous said...

As a proud lieutenant of KA. We love our crowd and as it was so eloquently said We throw to EVERYbody. Thanks for the praise and Happy Mardi Gras.

Anonymous said...

I rode with the 1st horse group in Kin Arthur and the crowd was great. Our group works with disabled kids and rescue/ neglected horses. We had a great time...Thanks

Anonymous said...

KA is a great parade. It's come a long way from the westbank days 10 years ago.

Anonymous said...

King Arthur is a great parade. The riders are so generous and the floats are beautiful. I always eat fried chicken at my Moma's house and then go the the parade. What a memory! Long live King Arthur and by the way, that Queen was beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I want to say this has to be the best crowd of people riding. The group was a big throwing group and very fun. I met one of the riders the lil short bald guy with the goatee he was a great person and gave our son a great dragon. Thanks for putting a world class parade on.

Anonymous said...

Hey, New Orleans...Proud of you and your spirit! Our Algerian kids rode in the parade and are still talking about it. Sounds like a blast. Keep it up! Exile in DC