“Knock, knock . . . who’s there?” Well it’s a land shark of course. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, a shark appears at 2432 Jefferson Street in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021.  Wishing everyone a Happy Mardi Jaws, Melanie Maxey decorates a shark with a magician’s outfit so it can join the pet parade of the Mystic Krewe of Sharkus, but it’s probably best to keep your pet pooch at least six feet away.  Maxey is also one of the sub-krewe captains of the satirical Krewe du Vieux, known for its lewd and hilarious floats parodying celebrities, politics, and pop culture. This year the theme is “Krewe du Vieux Has No Taste” referring to the symptoms of losing taste and smell form COVID-19. The Krewe has a virtual parade on January 30 with some temporary art installations but note the parade is for an adults-only audience. A map is available and links to the virtual parade at kreweduvieux dot org. Photo by Matthew Hinton

Here’s your guide (with pictures!) to explore the Krewe of House Floats

The Krewe of House Floats is an initiative to decorate homes during the Carnival season because of the cancellation and postponement of parades and gatherings for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

by Matthew Hinton | February 1, 2021

The Krewe of House Floats is an initiative to decorate homes during the Carnival season because of the cancellation and postponement of parades and gatherings for Mardi Gras 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the cities floats have popped up often using out-of-work Mardi Gras artists from Stronghold Studios, Crescent City Artists, LLC, Kern Studios and artists working with the Krewe of Red Beans’ “Hire A Mardi Gras Artist,” initiative. All photos by Matthew Hinton

The interactive map is available on Google Maps.

 

Matthew Hinton

Matthew Hinton

Matthew Hinton is a New Orleans area freelance photographer whose work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Best of Photojournalism Awards in 2014 and 2016, and by numerous awards from the Press Club of New Orleans, including the Hal Ledet President's Print Photography Award, the highest honor the Press Club can bestow upon a photographer.
Matthew Hinton has previously been a staff photographer at both of the daily newspapers in New Orleans. His work has appeared nationally and internationally through freelance work with the Associated Press and AFP, Agence France-Presse.

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