Ponchartrain and Choctaw parade in Uptown


The Krewe of Pontrachrtain's parade focused on films made in New Orleans, and the krewe made it a bit more fun with puzzling titles. The krewe typically presents its float titles as missing-letter puzzles, and though most of the movies are very well known, some of the titles were hard to crack.

It was easy to guess Interview With a Vampire and The Bucchaneer with it's tandem pirate floats. The King Creole float had Elvis on the front and riders wore Elvis' signature style of sunglasses. JFK also was easy, even with only the "F" provided. Dead Man Walking was a little more challenging.
It's no secret that some floats or large props get reused, appearing in different parades in the same Carnival and from year to year. A figure of a nearly naked woman has drawn criticism on social media for being used in a day parade. That figure re-appeared in Pontchartrain's parade, and even if some revelers might not appreciate it in a day parade, it fit the film Blaze, about an affair between stripper Blaze Starr and Gov. Earl Long. The figure wore tassels, and a couple of riders masked as Blaze and Long.

The parade included the marching bands of Holy Cross, St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School, Archbishop Shaw, J.S. Clarke Perparatory High School, Pierre A. Capdau Charter School and others.
The Krewe of Choctaw set out to celebrate New Orleans' tricentennial with its theme. Among the landmarks and pastimes depicted on floats were the National World War II Museum and a giant fish on the "Tuna Seither" float, named for the painter. One float titled "Where You Went to School" seemed perfect for the local emphasis on high school alma maters, but the idea was illustrated by a spelling bee that seemed less than high school grade level, with a giant bee figure and letters of the alphabet painted on the side of the float.

A float with a tiki head invoked the once popular restaurant Bali Ha'i. The float was pained with images from Pontchartrain Beach amusement park. It was a bright float and fun inclusion, thought it was odd that a later float titled "Tribesmen" picked up the tiki theme, and actually had "Bali Ha'i" painted on the side.
One of the more successful elements of the krewe involves theme costumes. The captain and Chief and Princess all wore bright, pretty feathered headdresses. The "Medicine Man" had a animal fur hat and good face makeup.

The parade also included the Krewe of Rolling Elvi, and marching bands from Edna Karr High School. Abramson Sci High, W.j. Fischer Accelerated Academy and Mildred Osborne Charter School.

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