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Rex Duke™’s favorite alternative krewes of Mardi Gras 2015 

Less conventional parades with small floats and walking groups are becoming a bigger part of Carnival. Here are a few of the parades Rex Duke enjoyed

click to enlarge A Star Wars-inspired group marches in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

A Star Wars-inspired group marches in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade.

The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus hosted comedian Andy Richter in a rickshaw and Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew (krewe emperor for life and pope of popes) on the Millennium Falcon float. Trailing them was a funky and bizarre universe of everything from Star Wars- and Doctor Who-inspired groups to a two-part giant white whale and a tune-blasting Oregon Trail covered wagon. The gathering of the sci-fi tribes got loose as it spaced out along the route, but there was plenty of enthusiasm to go around.

Krewe du Vieux
TThe raunchy satirical downtown parade kicked off the parade season with its reliably ridiculous mix of sex-addled satire and impressive DIY floats. The many irreverent subkrewes included the Krewe of Spank (which last year reveled in its "Dizneylandrieu" theme), and this year its "504 Not Found" included a mobile app (also displayed on its LED-lit City Hall float) full of malfunctioning city services. Other floats included "Uberville" with a gentrifying bulldozer (named "Mitch").

TBurlesque star Trixie Minx reigned over the procession, which was full of colorful, imaginative costumes and subkrewes under the theme "Metamorphacity." Among them were the tiki worshippers of Krewe of Krakatoa, a massive papier-mache chicken leading the Krewe of Chicken Flockers, and DJ Soul Sister's Krewe of King James and its Super Bad Sex Machine Strollers with guest king Nigel Hall riding a huge, hand-pulled float with a handmade cityscape ("The Funky Side of Town").

'tit Rex
TThe shoebox-float parade celebrated misunderstood youth and artists with its L'Enfant Terrible theme, but the execution seemed to take a few notes from Krewe du Vieux, with satire that got a little dark and raunchy. Sen. David Vitter was portrayed in a wheelchair being rolled away from the White House. Bill Cosby was featured on the minifloat Bill's Pills, and accompanying throws included a roofie-like pill in a tiny martini glass.


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