Courtyard turtles returning to Brennan's with a celebratory parade_lowres



When Brennan's reopened late last year, several key members of the team were unable to make the grand opening: the courtyard turtles.

While construction continued on the outdoor seating area, the 10 "Turtles at Brennan's" were summering on the West Bank at the home of executive chef Haley Bittermann and anxiously awaiting their newly constructed home.

On March 14, they arrive at their French Quarter abode in style with a small-scale parade dubbed, "the slowest second line on earth." The turtles will be pulled down an emerald green carpet on tiny "floats" to the sound of bagpipe music, then cheered with a "lucky" toast once they reach the courtyard.


Five of the turtle are named for the French mother sauces (Béchamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Tomate and Velouté), while four others have been named after other key Louisiana sauces (Remoulade, Ravigote, Bordelaise and Mignonette). The only male turtle is (appropriately) named Cocktail.

A procession of 11 floats (handcrafted by the Brennan's staff) will pay tribute to the names and "personality" of each turtle. The turtle Bechamel's float features "illustrated sacks of flour and cartons of milk" while Mignonette's glitzier carriage will be embellished with "rosy-vinegar-pink and sparkling pearl oyster shells."

WHAT: "The Slowest Second Line on Earth" (Turtles return to Brennan's courtyard)

WHERE: Brennan's, 417 Royal St.

WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:30am