Start practicing your dive-and-catch now because the University of New Orleans is bringing back its on-campus Mardi Gras parade.
On Feb. 21, the Krewe of UNO rolls through campus, giving students, faculty and staff a chance to celebrate Carnival season the Privateer way, with beads, swag, pirate ships and a new mascot.
Under the parade theme, “Let the Good Times Roll,” the festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the atrium of the University Center, where the new Privateer mascot will be unveiled for the first time.
The mascot will board a pirate ship float in the Horseshoe in front of the UC, where he will lead the parade past Milneburg Hall, the Homer L. Hitt Alumni Center, Privateer Place, The Cove and into the pay parking lot next to the Education Building. Part of the procession will then continue on to the water feature on the east side of the Earl K. Long Library.
Brother Martin High School will get the campus grooving with its 90-piece marching band.
“New Orleans and Mardi Gras are synonymous,” said Brett Kemker, dean of students for the University. “It’s part of the culture and, being the city’s university, it only makes sense that we celebrate that tradition at UNO.”
Colleges, student organizations, fraternities, sororities and athletic teams will be represented throughout the parade, as well as the 2017 homecoming king and queen.
More than 1,500 students from area middle and high schools will also be on campus that day as part of a daylong event UNO is hosting in celebration of National Engineers Week. The parade is open to them as well as to the public.
Those in the UNO community who wish to participate in the procession itself must register by filling out the form here.