Krewe of Boo set to return in October, mayor says

Krewe of Boo
Krewe of Boo
Published: Sep. 29, 2021 at 2:58 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 29, 2021 at 3:06 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The fun returns this fall with the major announcement that Krewe of Boo is set to roll once again this October, according to a statement issued today by Mayor LaToya Cantrell.

“I am happy to approve the Krewe of Boo parade, rolling once again in New Orleans this fall,” said Mayor Cantrell. “In consultation with our public health leadership team, I am allowing this event to move forward and will be keeping a close eye on how it unfolds. This is a step towards the return of Mardi Gras next spring. What happens next depends on what we do right now! Our people have worked hard to blunt the spread of the Delta variant, and that hard work created an environment where it’s safe for the Krewe of Boo to roll.”

Given the ongoing pandemic conditions, the Krewe of Boo will require all riders and members of marching groups to be vaccinated, or show proof of a negative COVID test in order to participate in the parade.

Krewe of Boo, scheduled for Oct. 23, will be the first parade to roll through New Orleans since the pandemic shutdowns first began in 2020.

It’s a bit of relief after a roller coaster of a year and a half for Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing & Costumes.

“Unexpected, bit depressing,” Claudia Baumgarten said of the past year. “We rallied though. We beefed up our Instagram and opened an Etsy shop but there’s nothing like having interaction with locals which is most of our customers.”

She’s ready with all of her unique vintage costume components to ring in spooky season the New Orleans way.

“Lots of people are riding, the sponsors have all come back and so everything’s in place, it’s just, it’s just going to be a lot to do over the next few weeks,” Krewe Captain Biran Kern said.

There’s a lot to do for a three mile parade with 16 floats, almost 500 riders and over 20 marching crews.

“With the Delta variant and then Ida, I wasn’t really too optimistic about it happening but I’m very very pleased that it is happening,” Kern said.

After an action-packed fall lineup of all the festival favorites was cancelled, Kern says we need this.

“New Orleans, without all the festivals, we’re all uncomfortable,” Kern said. “We need that. That’s why we live here.”

Especially for local businesses like Miss Claudia.

“We need our costume shops, we need people to get out and costume having fun,” Kern said. “Support our local businesses in the Quarter, eat after, eat before, go to the Warehouse District. Plenty of places along the parade route that would love business they haven’t seen, they haven’t seen in awhile.”

This also marks a step towards a carnival comeback.

“This is encouraging news that all the krewe captains and people in the industry have been waiting for,” Arthur Hardy said. “While it’s not a guarantee that Mardi Gras parades will roll as scheduled, it’s a good indication. If we can do this in October we are going to be prepared for, you know, Fat Tuesday is late. It’s March. we’ve got time on our side.”

Mardi Gras Historian, Arthur Hardy, is interested to see how the logistics of making sure all riders and marchers are vaccinated or have a negative test go, since we’re dealing with much bigger numbers for Carnival.

No matter what happens, Miss Claudia’s got you covered for Halloween.

“I’m always encouraged right after I’m discouraged. So right now I feel pretty encouraged,” she said.

Kern says Canal Street has been added back to the route for the first time since the Hard Rock collapse. He’s getting the clydesdales in and working on getting a pretty well-known grand marshal.

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