After Esplanade crash, Red Beans Parade will memorialize member killed

Sharree Walls wearing a Red Beans parade costume in 2018 (Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, courtesy Devin DeWulf)

Sharree Walls wearing a Red Beans parade costume in 2018 (Photo by Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee, courtesy Devin DeWulf)

After Sharree Walls was killed Saturday night (March 2) when she was struck by a suspected drunk driver on Esplanade Avenue, friends will honor her memory during Krewe of Red Beans’ parade on Monday.

Walls had been a krewe-member of the costuming club, according to krewe founder Devin DeWulf.

“We are obviously all very upset and sad that her life was taken senselessly,” DeWulf said.

DeWulf said the parade will take place as planned at 2 p.m. Monday, starting at the Marigny Opera House, 725 St. Ferdinand St., but will begin with a second-line-style dirge in Walls’ memory. DeWulf said Walls had been on the krewe’s board of directors.

“She was a really awesome person and a lot of her friends are members of the krewe,” he said. “We want to utilize the parade to honor her.”

The Krewe of Red Beans parades at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 4.

The Krewe of Red Beans parades at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 4.