Krewe de Canailles changes plans but will still go on

Mardi Gras

Revelers carry the Krewe de Canailles banner along Jefferson Street during the krewe’s walking parade in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana on Friday, February 9, 2018. The krewe’s inaugural 2018 parade paid homage to prominent figures, events and landmarks in Lafayette. (Krewe de Canailles)

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Krewe de Canailles, Lafayette’s Downtown walking parade, will look different this year.

Cruise de Canailles 2021, on Friday, Feb. 5 from 6 – 9 p.m., will be a city-wide celebration featuring the decoration of homes and businesses with Mardi Gras decorations and revelry for drive-by viewing. The theme “Oh, The Places We Didn’t Go!” encourages individuals, households and businesses to decorate porches, yards and storefronts, to celebrate pieces of our culture missed last year, or to poke fun at the new ways of life brought about by the pandemic.

With this format, anyone
can register and sign up to be on the map for free. It’s a chance for all to celebrate 2020 being
over, and being “over” 2020. “We are starting to see lots of traction and excitement around the new format,” said Blaze Petersen, president of Krewe de Canailles’ board of directors.

Participants can register at KDC2021.Eventbrite.com, and may submit addresses to be on the
map for viewing in the “cruise,” driving portion for the public. The format is similar to driving
around to look at Christmas decorations, but with a unique South Louisiana twist. KDC
encourages participants at locations to play music and dress in costume to add to the spirit of
revelry during the event, and to keep decorations up throughout the Mardi Gras season.
“It’s always amazing to see how creative people are,” Petersen added. “Our event is one of the
only events not cancelled in 2021, and we’re excited to give people release and an opportunity
to celebrate.

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