These days, Mardi Gras feels like a million years ago. The parades, the parties, the bearable temperatures… it all seems like a beautiful reverie. If thoughts of Mardi Gras past are giving you su-su-su-summertime sadness, have no fear; Midsummer Mardi Gras is almost here!
Never heard of Midsummer Mardi Gras? Your #FrayLife fam is here to help! Read on for all you need to know about the only awesome holiday held in August.
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Float riders toss as parade goers catch trinkets flying from the floats. The Krewe of Carrollton kicked off the Sunday's (Feb. 8 )Mardi Gras parades with a noon start. Twenty-five floats rolled with the theme "A Night at the Opera." The parade featured two tandem floats and throws, such as include fedoras and snap bracelets. (Photo by Julia Kumari Drapkin)
This year marks the 33rd annual Krewe of Oak Midsummer Mardi Gras celebration. Krewe of Oak is a neighborhood krewe in the Carrollton area who march on the Friday before Mardi Gras Day. They’re known for golf cart floats, small brass bands, and plenty of creative homemade costumes and contraptions. Some argue that the “OAK” moniker refers to their route, which begins and ends on Oak Street, but others argue it stands for “Outrageous and Kinky.” Whether it’s an official acronym or not, “outrageous and kinky” is definitely to be expected!
So, what exactly is Midsummer Mardi Gras? Exactly what it sounds like!
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The Krewe of Thoth deployed 40 floats for Mardi Gras 2015, the largest of three daytime krewes that took to Uptown streets on Sunday (Feb. 15).The theme of the 2015 procession was "Thoth Says, Express Yourself." The krewe's 1,600 riders took that theme to heart, expressing themselves by showering parade crowds with tons of custom throws, including doubloons, beads, towels, poker chips and fedoras.(Photo by Julia Kumari Drapkin)
Think Christmas in July, only way better. Everything you love about Mardi Gras can be found in Midsummer Mardi Gras. Parade? Check. Throws? Check. Costumes? Check. Plenty of booze? Check, check, and check! Essentially Midsummer Mardi Gras is a walking parade held in the summer with the same crazy vibe as all your favorite smaller Carnival parades. Krewe of Oak hosts and they’re joined by a good chunk of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, as well as other smaller walking krewes, dance groups, bands, and random marchers.
#FrayLifeTip: Don your best Carnival wear, the skimpier the better (it is August, after all), grab your squad, bring your tailgate of choice, and pick a side (Neutral Ground or Sidewalk, obvs).
The Fine Print
This year’s Midsummer Mardi Gras rolls on Saturday, August 24 at 7:30 pm. Head to Maple Leaf Bar, the start and finish spot, early for the pre-parade Balcony Ceremony. The parade rolls down Oak Street.
#FrayLifeTip: This year’s theme is “Wild in the Wetlands” Bonus points for dressing accordingly!
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