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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret paraded Saturday in Uptown

Posted By on Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 11:16 AM

click to enlarge Xavier Prep marched in the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Xavier Prep marched in the Krewe of Pontchartrain parade.

The Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw and Freret paraded in Uptown on Saturday afternoon.

click to enlarge Darry "Dancingman 504" Young leads the Krewe of Freret. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Darry "Dancingman 504" Young leads the Krewe of Freret.

For its 42nd parade, the Krewe of Pontchartrain featured a local favorite: food. The po-boy was the star and each float named and featured a different type. Choctaw celebrated aesthetics with the theme “A Thing of Beauty.” Krewe members dressed in costumes imitating Native American garb. Floats included “The Beauty of Carnival,” which represented Carnival season with 3-D music notes and flowers as props and with rainbows and vinyl records painted on the sides of the float. The Krewe of Freret paraded with the theme “Go Forth and Prosper,” with floats playing off the term “fourth,” for the krewe's fourth parade. The parade was led by the tireless dancing of the grand marshal emeritus and local icon, Darryl “Dancingman504” Young. Floats playing off the “fourth” theme included “Justice Four All,” which featured a large three dimensional statue of Lady Justice and “Go Fourth on the River.” The krewe supports the Son of a Saint foundation, and one float featured riders from the group.

click to enlarge Princess Choctaw greets crowds on St. Charles Avenue. - ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN/UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Princess Choctaw greets crowds on St. Charles Avenue.

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