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Courtyard turtles return to Brennan's with parade on March 14

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  When Brennan's (417 Royal St., 504-525-9711; www.brennansneworleans.com) 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 patiently awaiting their newly constructed home.

  At 10:30 a.m. 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 toast once they reach the courtyard.

  Five of the turtles are named for the French "mother sauces" (Bechamel, Espagnole, Hollandaise, Tomate and Veloute), four are named after common Louisiana sauces (Remoulade, Ravigote, Bordelaise and Mignonette) and the only male turtle is named Cocktail.

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

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