Four Mardi Gras season krewes in Metairie to conduct show and tell, seek new members

The Krewe of Athena, parading here in Metairie on Feb. 11, 2018, is one of four Mardi Gras season organizations seeking new members.

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The Krewe of Athena, parading here in Metairie on Feb. 11, 2018, is one of four Mardi Gras season organizations seeking new members.

Four Mardi Gras season krewes are planning a show-and-tell session Saturday (Jan. 5) in Metairie at Lakeside Shopping Center with a goal of signing up new members. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. under the skylight near the mall’s Veterans Memorial Boulevard entrance.

Members of Athena, Excalibur, Isis and Pandora, which parade in Metairie, will exhibit krewe gear and discuss the details of their organizations. Staffers from the Jefferson Parish Office of Citizens Affairs will be available to answer questions about the new parade route and other Carnival matters.

The joint membership drive comes four months after five krewes, including Excalibur, Isis and Pandora, issued a public appeal for new members. Isis captain Sherrell Gorman said, however, that Saturday’s drive is more aimed at 2020.

“If we get a couple of people interested in riding this year, that’s great,” Gorman said Friday. “But mostly the goal is next year.”

Athena President Shonitra Vaughn said her all-women krewe looks forward to touting its fifth anniversary. That parade is scheduled March 3 at 5:30 p.m., followed by the all-women Krewe of Pandora at 6:30 p.m.

“Ladies night on the new route!” Vaughn said. “There’s going to be a lot of girl power.”

Jefferson public officials and krewes have been tinkering wth Carnival parades for 20 years, in hopes of improving them for float riders and spectators alike. In December, they announced major changes: moving the Family Gras festival to Clearview Mall, and offering a new Metairie route to let krewes parade on Veterans from east to west, reversing the usual direction.

Most Metairie parades are expected to take the new route. The exceptions are Isis, Caesar, Argus and the truck parades that follow Argus.

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Drew Broach covers Jefferson Parish politics and education, plus other odds and ends, for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Email: dbroach@nola.com. Facebook: Drew Broach TP. Twitter: drewbroach1. Google+: Drew Broach.