Wanna get nuts? If so, what are you doing two weeks before Mardi Gras?
Mid City Gras, Baton Rouge’s newest parade, is scheduled to roll down North Boulevard for the first time on Sunday, Feb. 4. The permit has been secured, groups are signing up, and organizers are raising money to cover necessities like insurance and police protection.
The parade’s slogan, “Wanna get nuts?” ties into its logo, a squirrel driving a tractor, designed by local firm Red Six Media. Why squirrels and nuts? It's what Mid City residents all have in common, according to parade organizer Terri Singleton.
“We all have squirrels," Singleton said. "Some of us love them, some of us hate them, but we all have squirrels.”
They picked “the Sunday before the Sunday before Mardi Gras,” as parade organizers put it, to be part of the Carnival season but avoid competing with some of the other parades held here and in New Orleans, parade board President Twanda Lewis said. She added the event will be family-friendly and reflect the cultural variety of Mid City.
“Whether you’re 2 or 92 (years old), you will feel comfortable coming to the parade or even being a part of it,” Lewis said.
Singleton said Mid City residents have talked about hosting a Mardi Gras parade for years. However, over the past year, those discussions got more serious.
Organizers have set a goal of 24 entries. As of Sunday, 17 groups had committed to participate, Singleton said, including three school marching bands, two floats, two bicycle groups and several walking groups.
So far, most participants are groups of friends who have long wanted to be in a parade but never had the opportunity, Singleton said. With permit in hand, organizers are now reaching out to local businesses.
Other parades have started with as few as a dozen entries, Singleton said, so organizers feel they’re in pretty good shape for their first year.
Plans are for the parade to begin at 1 p.m. The permit allows the parade to start as far west as the intersection of 10th Street and North Boulevard, Singleton said, although she expects to start closer to 22nd Street so as not to get too spread out. Baton Rouge Community College will be the endpoint.
While there is not an official deadline to join the parade, interested groups are encouraged to sign up sooner rather than later. To get involved or request more information, visit midcitygras.org.
2018 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades
Here are some other Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades rolling this season.
Jan. 28: Mystic Krewe of Mutts. 10 a.m. caaws.org.
Feb. 2: Krewe of Artemis. 7 p.m. kreweofartemis.net.
Feb. 9: Krewe of Southdowns. 7 p.m. southdowns.org.