Red Beans and Rice Parade

8 Mar

I usually lay pretty low on Lundi Gras, but I am so glad we went out for this parade. Everyone in the parade makes their costumes utilizing dry beans and rice. Because the group is sponsored by Camelia brand beans, any variety of their dried beans is OK, so black ones and white ones and yellow and green split peas were used along with the red ones.

These costumes are all about the details, and they were so impressive. Some of the outfits were almost completely covered in beans, and one guy’s jacket was almost all bay leaves. Big bonus: The Treme Brass Band played. Hooray!

Back view of a seersucker suit made into a Huey P. Long-themed costume! So great! Not the most liberal use of beans, perhaps, and coupled with heavy utilization of feathers and glitter, but completely genius.

Front view of the same. She won the title of King of the Red Beans and Rice Parade. I wasn’t trying too hard to get pictures, but I am interested in Huey and I got excited over this one.

Below is a little video as the parade approaches and then stops for awhile in front of the Spotted Cat Music Club on Frenchman Street. Try to ignore the renegade sax player who did his best to ruin the song!

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3 Responses to “Red Beans and Rice Parade”

  1. Devin March 15, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Thanks for enjoying our parade!
    D

  2. Mallory March 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    I’ve seen a couple of people with dried bean covered costumes when I’ve done the Box of Wine parade, but I didn’t realize there was a whole separate Red Beans krewe! I should have known!

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