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Monday, February 27, 2017

Krewe of Bacchus paraded Sunday in Uptown

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 3:51 PM

click to enlarge John Gilliam returned the kick-off for a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' first game at Tulane Stadium in 1967. - ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • John Gilliam returned the kick-off for a touchdown in the New Orleans Saints' first game at Tulane Stadium in 1967.

Bacchus paraded Sunday in Uptown with a theme saluting the New Orleans Saints' 50th anniversary. Floats depicted famous players and milestones, as well as The Aints years, when fans wore bags over their heads.

One float that took a shot at the Atlanta Falcons was titled "Dirty Bird Gumbo." Each ingredient in the gumbo was identified as a victory in the Saints' recent season.


One float was dedicated to John Gilliam, who opened the Saints' first home game in 1967 by returning the kickoff for a touchdown in Tulane stadium. Gilliam rode the float next to a sculpture of him.
click to enlarge Steve Gleason in the Bacchus parade. - ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Steve Gleason in the Bacchus parade.

Former Saint Steve Gleason was in the parade and represented his Team Gleason foundation, which raises awareness of ALS and seeks to help people with neuro-muscular diseases.

Saints' pro bowl punter Thomas Forested also was in the parade.

A float celebrating the team's Feb. 2010 Super Bowl victory featured a sculpture of Quarterback drew Brees holding his son after the game.
click to enlarge Jim Caviezel - ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • ZACH BRIEN / UPTOWN MESSENGER
  • Jim Caviezel
Actor Jim Caviezel, who starred as Jesus in The Passion of the Christ, rode as Bacchus.


Photos shared by spectators are below.

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