Krewe of Slidellian parade to roll on Feb. 12, followed by Perseus

The Krewe of Slidellian parade will roll Feb. 12 at 1 p.m., followed by the Krewe of Perseus. But there is something different about this "krewe" that you won't see by watching the parade.

Most krewes pay for their Carnival parades with membership dues and only allow members to ride.

The Slidell Women's Civic Club (SWCC) puts on this parade, and it is paid for by community sponsors with leased floats. It only accepts local organizations for floats and marching acts, and anybody can ride on their Melting Pot float.

"It's because of our sponsors that we can do this," parade captain Mary Clement said. "We're not a real krewe. We're unique, because we're the only parade that's organized by a civic club."

Mary Clement and her mother, Rosemary Clement, have been organizing the Krewe of Slidellian parade for 14 years. They explained that the purpose of the parade is to honor the community of Slidell.

Some of this year's floats will be sponsored by Slidell Memorial Hospital and Ochsner Medical Center, Bippo's Place for Smiles, Gumtree Social & Pleasure Club, the U.S. Coast Guard, Gulf Coast Bank, and the following Slidell Youth Football Association teams: Division II and III Cowboys, the Peewee Tigers and Division I Jets.

The Marine Corps Band will lead the parade, and this is the only Slidell parade that will have that band. Local public and dance schools will have marching groups and jump ropers. Again, the sounds of Arnie's Jazz Gents will roll with traditional live jazz.

Mary Clement's favorite float is the Melting Pot, which carries community members. Individuals that are interested in riding on the float can email mcfig40@yahoo.com. The cost is $130.