Krewe of Caesar, Metairie’s biggest Mardi Gras season parade, calling it quits: report

The captain of the Krewe of Caesar parade rolls down Severn Avenue in Metairie on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

The Krewe of Caesar, Metairie’s largest Mardi Gras season parading group, is ceasing operations, Fox 8 television reported Wednesday (April 24). Captain Bob Carnesi blamed the difficulty of funding "a parade of the high quality that we are known for and accustomed to.”

The krewe, now numbering 500, was founded in 1979. It parades on the Saturday 10 days before Fat Tuesday.

“Over the years we have seen many changes in Mardi Gras. We witnessed the suburban Mardi Gras and now we are in a period of growth of Mardi Gras in the city,” Fox 8 quoted Carnesi as saying. “Unfortunately it has become exceedingly difficult over the past several years to fund a parade of the high quality that we are known for and accustomed to.”

See Fox 8′s full report.

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