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Monday, February 27, 2017

Endymion rolls in Mid-City

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 12:35 PM

click to enlarge His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • His Majesty, Endymion LI, Parker Velargo.

The Krewe of Endymion drew huge crowds along its Mid-City route Saturday evening, which were disturbed when a drunk driver drove into a group of onlookers near Carrollton and Orleans avenues, sending 28 people to the hospital. According tothe New Orleans Police Department, the driver's blood alcohol level was .232, nearly three times the legal limit. After a delay, the super krewe continued its annual procession.

The stars were out  — literally and figuratively — for the the parade's "Endymion's Constellations"-themed ride, and throws included star-shaped pillows embroidered with the group's logo, a smiling, curly-haired man wearing a Greco-Roman toga and sash. The crowd was as enthusiastic and numerous as the riders — 20 to 30 people deep in some areas —  and many revelers remained undaunted despite few details at the time of the incident.

Endymion's promise of cutting-edge fiberoptic lighting and massive LED screens broadcasting images of the crowd didn't disappoint — the floats were so brightly lit that they were difficult to photograph, and made the flambeaux that traditionally lit the way for the parade look dim.

click to enlarge Flambeaux carriers led the parade in a nod to tradition. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • Flambeaux carriers led the parade in a nod to tradition.

Throws were blinky and ubiquitous. Riders threw light up glow-sticks, swords, scepters and cups, not to mention beads, beads and more beads. Many of the floats had their own commemorative cups and medallions. In a throwback to the clear plastic beads of yesteryear (before pearls became the common throw), some riders threw "Tokens of Youth" on short strands of beads reminiscent of Czech glass, complete with plastic clasps to secure them around the neck. Anyone remember throwing those on the ground in favor of the longer metallic pearl beads, or throwing them back at empty floats?

click to enlarge Alabama's Talladega College led the slew of marching bands in Endymion Saturday night. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • Alabama's Talladega College led the slew of marching bands in Endymion Saturday night.

Talladega College, the HBCU that rather controversially accepted an invitation to perform in President Trump's inauguration parade, sent its band to New Orleans to once again lead the procession of talented musicians Saturday night. Close behind was St. Augustine's Marching 100 (someone really should count them one day).

click to enlarge Security makes its way through the crowd ahead of St. Augustine's Marching 100. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • Security makes its way through the crowd ahead of St. Augustine's Marching 100.

KC & the Sunshine band enjoyed their ride as special guests in the parade.

click to enlarge The members of KC & the Sunshine Band were guest Grand Marshals, and performed at the Endymion Extravaganza following the parade. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • The members of KC & the Sunshine Band were guest Grand Marshals, and performed at the Endymion Extravaganza following the parade.

click to enlarge The KiSS-less KISS float rocked on with a live band performing a medley of '70s and '80s hits. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • The KiSS-less KISS float rocked on with a live band performing a medley of '70s and '80s hits.

Notably absent were '70s rockers KISS, whose float rolled without them.

click to enlarge The Pontchartrain Beach float is nine floats long and carries over 250 riders, making it the largest float in all of Carnival. - KATHERINE M. JOHNSON
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  • The Pontchartrain Beach float is nine floats long and carries over 250 riders, making it the largest float in all of Carnival.
Bringing up the (very long) rear of Endymion was the Pontchartrain Beach float, whose nine connected floats reimagine rides at the amusement park that sprung up beside the lake from the late 1920s until its closure in 1983. The pomp and circumstance were well-deserved though — the float was as visually stunning as it was generous with its throws, and was a delightful way to wrap up the day's festivities.

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