Krewe of Boo rolls downtown again after 2-year hiatus

It is about to get a whole lot spookier around town as Dracula, Chucky, Wolfman, ghouls, aliens and their freakish counterparts float through the streets, tempting onlookers with special treats in the Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 26.

After a 2-year hiatus, Brian Kern, krewe captain of Krewe of Boo, is getting the signature Halloween Parade rolling again with 13 floats, designed and built by Kern Studios, that will haunt onlookers well into the night.

“We haven’t rolled in two years and people aren’t sure exactly what it is all about, but they will know real quickly when they see it on the streets — this is going to be a world-class parade,” Kern said.

The parade will head from Elysian Fields Avenue, through the French Quarter and into Mardi Gras World where the after party, Krewe of Boo Spook Fest, will continue into the eerie hours of the morning with live music and local favorite marching groups, such as the 610 Stompers, Camel Toe Steppers, Pussyfooters and Cherry Bombs. Tickets are $25.

“This parade route is spectacular from start to finish. There is no bad spot. Anywhere along it is beautiful. You are either in the Warehouse District or in the French Quarter: What better place to see a parade?” Kern asked.

Instead of scrambling for beads, parade-goers will be filling their trick-or-treat bags with an array of local, sustainably sourced goodies, such as cups, candy, pralinettes, coffee packs, caramel corn, sweet potato nutrition bars, mixed children’s toys and handmade candy corn necklaces, voodoo doll pins and voodoo doll magnets.

Sticking with all things local, not only will the New Orleans Saints Superfans be appearing on floats, but Jerry Romig, former stadium announcer, and his son Mark Romig, his successor as stadium announcer for the New Orleans Saints, will be reigning over this year’s parade.

Mark Romig, who is also the president and chief executive officer of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp., is looking forward to the event.

“Halloween is a huge driver of visitation to the city, and in a sense we get to celebrate through this parade just how much Halloween has grown in the city of New Orleans,” Romig said.

“It is another reason to visit this city and to experience all the authentic aspects of New Orleans, the mystery, the culture, the richness that Halloween brings out.”

Krewe of Boo Halloween Celebrations

Halloween Parade

6.30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26

French Quarter and Warehouse District

Spook Fest

Mardi Gras World

8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

General admission is $25 or

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