Sidney Torres named king of Krewe of Boo! annual Halloween parade in French Quarter _lowres

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER -- Sidney Torres.

New Orleans businessman Sidney Torres IV will be the king of the 2015 Krewe of Boo! Halloween parade on Saturday, Oct. 24.

“I’ve been asked to ride in a number of parades, but when I was invited to be king of the Krewe of Boo! I jumped at the opportunity because it rolls through our beloved French Quarter,” Torres said in a news release.

Torres, an entrepreneur and founder of IV Capital, became well-known to New Orleanians after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. After the storm, Torres founded SDT Waste and Debris Services to help clean up the city. He could often be seen behind the wheel of a garbage truck or walking the streets during Mardi Gras, cleaning up after parades.

Early this year, Torres tackled a different problem in New Orleans: crime in the French Quarter. Torres invested more than $300,000 in the French Quarter Task Force, a program that assigns off-duty officers to roam the Quarter at night. The public can report distrubances through a smartphone app.

“Sidney has been cleaning up the streets of the French Quarter for a long time. First it was trash, and now it’s crime,” Krewe Captain Brian Kern said in the release. “We are proud to honor Sidney for all he’s done for the French Quarter and the city by naming him King of the Krewe of Boo!”

The Krewe of Boo! will host its first King's Party on Fulton Street from 2 to 7 p.m. Oct. 24. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature performances Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters and Amanda Shaw.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Steet and roll through the French Quarter ending at Mardi Gras World for the Monster Mash. The Monster Mash is a ticketed costume party with food, drink and entertainment from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.

A map of the parade route and Monster Mash ticket information is available at kreweofboo.com.