While Halloween is over a week away, there is no shortage of Halloween-centered events taking place in the city right now. Though, one special event happens this weekend: New Orleans’s official Halloween parade.
On Saturday, October 21, the Krewe of Boo will host its annual Halloween parade, which starts at the corner of Chartres Street and Elysian Fields Avenue at 6:30 p.m.
Created by Blaine Kern Sr. in 2007, the Mardi-Gras-inspired parade takes place roughly four months from Carnival season. Beyond its array of artistic props and floats, the official Halloween parade has unconventional throws, including eco-friendly cups, plush toys, and Pralinettes.
This year, the leader of the parade—the Grand Marshal of Krewe of Boo—will be WWE Superstar The Miz.
While there are projection that thunderstorms will impact New Orleans on Saturday, October 21, Krewe of Boo still plans to roll. This post will be updated accordingly.
The parade will start at the corner of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 6:30 p.m. It will more toward the river, making a right on North Peters Street, heading toward Canal Street. It will make a left on Canal Street, progressing until Burgundy Street. After making a U-turn on Canal Street at Burgundy, the parade will make a right on Tchoupitoulas Street. It will then progress down Tchoupitoulas Street until Andrew Higgins Boulevard, where it will disband.
It’s a safe bet to assume the parade will begin formation in the Marigny around 5 p.m.
The Mayor’s office announced that a no parking zone will be in effect on the river-bound side of Elysian Fields Avenue between North Peters Street and Royal Street from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m; and both sides of North Peters Street between Esplanade Avenue and Conti Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Main streets to avoid while driving
- Elysian Fields Avenue
- Decatur Stret
- North Peters Street
- Canal Street (Central Business District)
- Tchoupitoulas Street (Central Business District)
- Krewe of Boo [Official Website]
- New Orleans’s best Halloween events, mapped [Curbed NOLA]