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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Okeanos, Mid-City and Thoth parade Feb. 11

Posted By on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM

click to enlarge Thoth's 2018 theme was "That's the Way We Roll"
  • Thoth's 2018 theme was "That's the Way We Roll"

Not letting the threat of rain sully the spirit among the crowd at Jefferson and Magazine streets, a U.S. Marine Corps band from Quantico, Virginia led an impromptu performance of "Hey! Baby" as the final float in the Krewe of Okeanos' parade dashed along the route. Despite a heavy but brief downpour along the Uptown route on Feb. 11, Okeanos and the krewes of Mid-City and Thoth brought along with them plenty of sunshine.

Okeanos' 2018 theme "Travel with Okeanos" glimpsed 21 destinations among its fleet of floats, from Paris to Nashville (complete with a live country band onboard) to Rio de Janeiro and the entire continent of Africa (represented on one float: "Africa").

Further up Magazine, the Kenner Kitty Cats dance team anchored on the corner of Cadiz Street performed a choreographed routine to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and Next's "Too Close" (led by a woman holding a cat poster with the word "CATS" above it).
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Rain poured as the  Krewe of Mid-City's reliably charming parade of brightly covered foil floats rolled on the route, though the krewe's giant foil flowers and red-, blue- and purple-coated floats unfortunately didn't have the luck of bright sun reflecting off them. But the krewe's whimsical locals-only focus on its titular neighborhood brightened up the crowd.

The "Mid-City Touring Company" theme dropped references to Angelo Brocato's, Venezia, cemeteries, Jazz Fest, Rock 'n' Bowl and, of course, City Park, among the krewe's signature floats, featuring the City Park train at its front. A tribute to Tad Gormley Stadium featured a football suspended above goal posts on the front of the float.

Riders tossed a bounty of cups, potato chips, bouncy balls, sun shades and footballs, and Coahoma Community College's marching band exploded with a powerful sound as it carved through the rain.

click to enlarge Mid-City's "City Park" float
  • Mid-City's "City Park" float

Clearer skies opened up for the mighty krewe of Thoth, featuring nearly 40 floats, many in tandem, with energetic and generous krewe members throwing countless medallion beads, stuffed animals, orange fedoras, frisbees, cups and streams of toilet paper into the streets and in the trees.

The krewe found plenty of ways to play into its "That's The Way We Roll" theme, from a float dedicated to Tootsie Roll pops (with riders dressed as candy stripers, some throwing Tootsie Rolls) to another dedicated to Christmas wrapping (from which some riders tossed tubes of gift wrap).

Other floats referenced sushi rolls, hand-rolled cigars, Jelly Roll Morton, and Marie Antoinette, featuring a guillotine on the front of a float titled "Heads Will Roll." A decidedly 21st century "Roll Your Eyes" float was covered in eyeroll emoji. The krewe's finale "Roll Wave" float, a tribute to Tulane University, was constructed as a massive Viking-esque vessel cutting through ocean waves.

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