Well, we did it. Mission accomplished. The first Krewe de Canailles parade went off (mostly) without a hitch! It was a great time for both the krewes and the crowds. We received a ton of positive feedback including from downtown businesses, one of which told us it was a record-breaking night for them. Walking down Jefferson St. the next day and seeing it clear of litter was a clear sign that we achieved what we set out to do.
For the sake of candor, it wasn’t all positive feedback. The most consistent critique was that it was too short but that’s an easy fix. We’re confident we made a big enough splash this first year to get more krewes on board for the next one.
And there will be a next one. We’re doing everything in our power to make sure that happens.
Oh, and some more good news – we are now an official non-profit!
From the entire Krewe de Canailles board, we are so grateful to everyone who helped make this dream of ours a reality. Seeing all of the posts, conversations, photos and videos flood social media was so encouraging. I’m not ashamed to say it made me tear up a bit.
Until next year!
Rodney Hess (Team Leader)