Mid-Summer Mardi Gras: so nice they did it twice

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Mid-Summer Mardi Gras: so nice they did it twice

A parade-goer takes a quick phone break while celebrating Mid-Summer Mardi Gras.

A parade-goer takes a quick phone break while celebrating Mid-Summer Mardi Gras.

Ella Helmuth | Photography Editor

A parade-goer takes a quick phone break while celebrating Mid-Summer Mardi Gras.

Ella Helmuth | Photography Editor

Ella Helmuth | Photography Editor

A parade-goer takes a quick phone break while celebrating Mid-Summer Mardi Gras.

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Every year New Orleanians enjoy the privilege of celebrating the world’s greatest party: Mardi Gras. For some experiencing withdrawal, desperate for the festival thrills, Mid-Summer Mardi Gras comes just in time.

Leading a parade that marched from the Maple Leaf Bar to Palmer Park and back, the Krewe of OAK celebrated Mid-Summer Mardi Gras at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 19 for its 31st annual celebration. The theme this year was “Dirty One XXXI-Coming In Hot” and featured Krewe of Chewbaccus and dance troupes like the Muff-A-Lottas, the Organ Grinders and TAP DAT.

The event offered residents the opportunity to participate in the parade and join the krewe for $10.

Several local businesses also participated in the celebration. Mellow Mushroom on Oak Street offered a $15 Balcony Bash ticket to sit overlooking the parade and receive two drinks and a slice of pizza.

La Casita Taqueria hosted the official after-party featuring local celebrity and disc jockey for WWOZ 90.7, DJ Soul Sister. Additionally, Carrollton Station housed the New Creations Brass Band following the parade.