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Sunday, February 4, 2018

tit Rex parades in Marigny

Posted By on Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 10:56 AM

click to enlarge A marionette rode in the "Exfoliatin'!" float.
  • A marionette rode in the "Exfoliatin'!" float.

The krewe of ’tit Rex braved a rainy night to roll it tiny floats through Marigny. The parade marked its 10th year, and many floats worked an "x" into a theme. The "Expired" float included a tiny New Orleans cemetery and was covered with logos of former New Orleans businesses, such as K&B, McKenzie's, Weirlein's and Al Scramuzza's Seafood City. A float with a tiny Audubon Zoo seemed to have animals battling extinction, such as tigers and blue whales.

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At the front of the parade were two floats with handlers operating marionettes. The first, pulled by musician Quintron had Miss Panacea's puppets, one of them riding as Queen of the parade. The second puppet was an old woman in a bathtub in a float labelled "Exfoliatin'!."
click to enlarge Miss Panacea created the Queen float.
  • Miss Panacea created the Queen float.
One float titled "Wretched Excess" was a jumbled artistic assemblage incorporating toys and other things, topped by a doll riding a horse and wrapped in light strings. A float with an existential theme featured famous writers ("Existential X-Men") and the maker handed out existential quotes in tiny books.

click to enlarge Rob Cambre's float saluted the punk band X.
  • Rob Cambre's float saluted the punk band X.
The punk band X was feted on another float, and handler Rob Cambre made a playlist for the float. Another artist's float was a miniature hot air ballon, with the gondola as the float. An "Xtra Xtra" float featured the headline'making tweets of President Donald Trump.
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The "x" concept allowed for widely varied concepts. Though the parade is committed to smallness, some floats expanded beyond the dimensions of shoeboxes. Many floats use lighting and incorporate things such as mini slideshows.

The procession had four bands, including Slow Danger Brass Band.

Throws included decorated walnuts, tiny parasols, little books, bracelets, little bags of red beans and rice, and two people following the route handed out bite-size micro pizza slices.
click to enlarge A George Burns doll rode in the parade.
  • A George Burns doll rode in the parade.
Some parade watchers brought their own miniature viewing stands. A crowd featuring Gumby, Mr. Bill and other familiar figures watched from the sidewalk on St. Rock Avenue.

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