Every year since 2007, the Krewe of Boo parade has made its way through the French Quarter and downtown the weekend before Halloween as the official Halloween parade of New Orleans. Krewe of Boo is a family-friendly way to celebrate Halloween in one of the most haunted cities in America. This year, the celebration happens on Saturday, Oct. 19 and kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at the corner of Elysian Fields Avenue and Chartres Street.
Lively floats, which Kern Studios constructs from fiberglass and 3-D papier mâché, depict werewolves, ghosts, vampires, and other Halloween-themed monsters.
Krewe of Boo has made an effort to primarily feature locally-made throws. Float riders dress in costume and throw all kinds of good stuff: toys, magnets, candy, and snacks, among other things! Specific examples include:
- Eco-Friendly cups from Giacona Container Company (Louisiana-made)
- Pralinettes from Aunt Sally’s (Made in New Orleans)
- PJ’s Coffee Frac Packs (Made in New Orleans)
- Collectible Medallion Beads (Imported)
- Chee Wees from Elmer’s Fine Foods (Made in New Orleans)
- Plush Toys (Imported)
- Krewe of Boo! Limited Edition Shirts (Printed in New Orleans)
- Assorted Beads (ARC of Greater New Orleans)
Krewe of Boo begins in the Marigny and rolls up Decatur Street onto Canal Street, and ends at Tchoupitoulas in the Warehouse District.
In addition to the parade itself, Krewe of Boo puts on a variety of other events, including a luncheon the Friday before the parade, a second line from the luncheon to Pat O’Brien’s, a cocktail happy hour, a fun run the morning of the parade, a watch-party during the parade, and a dance party after the parade…you can celebrate all weekend long!