Get Back in the Carnival Spirit with Midsummer Mardi Gras



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. 


The History

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! 


The Revelry 

So, what exactly is Midsummer Mardi Gras? Exactly what it sounds like! 

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!  


Are you headed to Midsummer Mardi Gras? Share with us in the comments and tag #FrayLife and #NolaFray in all your reveling social posts!

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