The Krewe of Atlas said Thursday that it has canceled its plans to roll through Metairie this year because of concerns the group would not be able to put on a quality parade.
It’s the second year in a row that Atlas, one of the parish’s oldest krewes, has canceled its parade down Veterans Memorial Boulevard, representing yet another blow to a dwindling suburban parade schedule.
In an email to parish officials, krewe Captain Danny Murray said several floats had asked for their money back after Atlas was left out of advertisements laying out Jefferson Parish’s 2015 parade schedule.
Atlas was the only parade slated to roll in Metairie on Feb. 8, holding down a prime spot at the end of the parish’s Family Gras celebration.
“Since Atlas was to be the only parade on that Sunday, it would be a small and short parade — not what you nor I want on the streets,” Murray wrote to parish Director of Citizens’ Affairs Sean Burke, who oversees Carnival parades for the parish.
Last year, Murray blamed declining bingo revenues and higher costs for riders for the decision to cancel the parade. Several other krewes also canceled their parades last year.
“We may try to get back together sometime in the future,” Murray wrote.
In response to questions about the cancellation, Jefferson Parish spokeswoman Kriss Fortunato touted the parish’s other parades.
“We look forward to the return of Atlas in the future,” Fortunato said in an email. “Our other parades are ready to roll, including Jefferson Parish’s newest krewe, the Krewe of Athena, with over 200 members and 17 floats for its inaugural parade this 2015 Carnival season.
“Jefferson Parish is proud to offer a fun, family atmosphere during Carnival and Mardi Gras, and we have another exciting parade season in store.”
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