[New Orleans, LA] — Probably only in New Orleans do they throw Mardi Gras beads from floats in the Christmas parade.

A winter wonderland, it ain’t. Warm weather, no snow — that’s the way, uh huh, uh huh, I like it.

Led by the historic Mr. Bingle — N’Awlins’ version of Frosty the Snowman — the fourth annual Krewe of Jingle Holiday Parade featured floats, marching bands, and such colorful krewes as the Rolling Elvi (they describe themselves as overweight gentlemen who dress like Elvis and ride motorized scooters) and the Pussyfooters Marching Club (a group of pink bustier-clad, over-30 women described on their website as “Majorettes from the Mothership sent here to help the party people get their groove on.”)

Kids and adults alike clamored for thrown beads and tchotchkes, danced to the marching bands, and waved to Santa at the parade’s finale. The event, part of “Canal Street Home for the Holidays” celebration, was sponsored by the Downtown Development District and the Roosevelt New Orleans hotel.

A family-friendly celebration, with an “only in New Orleans” twist!


“Home for the Holiday” events: www.canalstreetholiday.com/events.html


The terrifying Mr. Bingle looms in the distance (LOL)


Approach of the Rolling Elvi


This is how Elvis rolls


Throw me some beads!


The Pussyfooters Marching Club

And of course, Santa!

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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  1. Deb

    December 8, 2011

    Hey Glen,
    I’m one of the Pussyfooters in your pic (in the orange skirt) and this was my first parade as a Pussyfooter. I had a blast and I think you captured that nicely. Thank you for posting it. 🙂 Look for me at Mardi Gras time!

    • Travelin' Gringo

      December 8, 2011

      You guys are the coolest! Congrats on your first parade. I’ll look for you all at Mardi Gras!

  2. jenjenk

    December 5, 2011

    i actually got a chance to have a parade down canal & through bourbon street…funnest event I ever had!! can’t wait to be back in Nola!
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  3. adventureswithben

    December 4, 2011

    Is it as fun as Mardi Gras?
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    • Travelin' Gringo

      December 5, 2011

      Ben, this coming year will be my first Mardi Gras. I’m guessing nothing tops Mardi Gras!

  4. Michael Figueiredo

    December 4, 2011

    Looks like a fun parade!
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