The parading group Interrobang
introduced Maurice the Galactopus
to Carnival this year. Fat Tuesday revelers may have seen the giant glittery octopus during its three-hour jaunt from Marigny to the middle of the French Quarter.
Galactopus is coming out of its lair for a krewe fundraiser Wednesday at 2360 St. Claude Ave., featuring Naughty Professor, DJ Quickie Mart, food by Congresso Cubano and more.
The massive hand-pushed float featured two tentacles extending forward, other free-roaming tentacles propelled separately and a crow's nest top for six to eight people to ride and watch the procession. It was supposed to debut in the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus parade, but that happened in an unexpected fashion. The float's steering system broke down between St. Claude Avenue and N. Rampart Street on the way to lineup for Chewbacchus, says Interrobang founder Josh Pitts. The group tried to repair it but had to wait for the procession to pass them. At the end of the night, they succeeded in pushing Galactopus the final blocks of the route to the Chewbacchanal.
In the days between Jan. 30 and Fat Tuesday, the group was able to create a new steering system, essentially a dolly that lifted the front of the float, and paraded in Marigny and the French Quarter.
Since then, Galactopus has been in residence at an Interrobang member's yard near Marigny.
Galactopus will be pushed to St. Claude Avenue for the fundraiser at 7 p.m. Inside the space, there will be rooms with interactive exhibits, projections, a photo booth and more.
"We're trying to make it an immersive experience," Pitts says.
The music lineup includes Naughty Professor, DJ Quickie Mart, Lagniappe Brass Band and The No Counts, plus DJ sets by Sir Real, kermess and Nick the Swede.
The fundraiser begins at 8 p.m. at 2360 St. Claude Ave. Tickets are $15 and available online
Last year, Interrobang built Gilliam, a giant white whale, for Carnival. It appeared in the Chewbacchus parade and on Fat Tuesday. It also appeared in the Ignition Festival
in fall 2015, and a cannibalized part of it became a sea monster for the Always for Pleasure Festival
created by artists from Court 13
, which created Beasts of the Southern Wild