Rex and the Queen of Carnival toast
Rex Poco Sloss and Queen of Carnival Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman meet and toast in New Orleans for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. (Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)
Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
By Kevin Litten
Mardi Gras season ended Tuesday (Feb. 13) and with it, we also say goodbye to all of the simmering controversies, debates and arguments that got stirred up around Carnival. Well, maybe not all of the controversies — some people seem to like arguing about some of this stuff year-round — but most of these go away with the beads and the parades.
It’s hardly surprising that an event as large as Mardi Gras, and the indelible mark it has had on New Orleans’ very identity, has the potential to stir up passions. Some of the controversies that arose this year were over the city’s identity. Others were mere offshoots of smoldering arguments that predate Mardi Gras, but were cast in new light because of Carnival events.
Here’s a look at all of the biggest controversies, arguments and blunders that came up this Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras Kickoff
They Pussyfooters, a female marching krewe, often parades with several krewes during Mardi Gras.
New Orleans city and krewe officials started off the year with news that rocked the Carnival community early: They wanted to eliminate some marching groups to cut down on the size and length of parades.
The reductions included limiting the parades to one marching krewe between floats and a cap of 12 floats ahead of the first float. The Uptown route was also shortened in an effort to speed up the lengthy parade schedule.
In case you missed it, here’s Doug MacCash’s take on how to cut down parades.