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 Sunday.
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. Singleton said three school marching bands, two floats, two bicycle groups and several walking groups have registered for the new parade and more are expected.
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.
2018 Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades
Here are some other Baton Rouge Mardi Gras parades rolling this season.
Feb. 9: Krewe of Southdowns. 7 p.m. southdowns.org.
Feb. 10: Fifth annual Baton Rouge Mardi Gras Festival. 10 a.m.www.batonrougemardigrasfestival.com.
Krewe of Spanish Town. Noon. spanishtownmardigras.com.