NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — City Park announced Friday that they will be launching an event for Carnival called “Floats in the Oaks.”
Due to the pandemic, many parades were canceled for 2021.
Floats in the Oaks would take parade floats from krewes to showcase throughout City Park similar to the set up for Celebration in the Oaks.
City Park issued the following statement regarding the event:
“‘Floats in the Oaks’ is a once in a lifetime opportunity for visitors to view iconic floats from various Mardi Gras krewes all in one place and it will give our region the opportunity to experience a part of Mardi Gras during this historic year.
“Families can safely participate in a parade-type event, by viewing stationery floats from their cars, while also supporting City Park. We hope participants will wear Mardi Gras costumes and decorate their cars.
“Additional elements of this experience are still developing. ‘Floats in the Oaks’ offers both daytime and nighttime ticket opportunities, as well as add-on experiences.
“Guests can order a Park Parade Pack to enjoy Mardi Gras snacks while experiencing the driving tour or the Grandstand Experience in Carousel Gardens, where guests can be the “Grand Marshal” as they travel through the iconic oaks aboard the City Park Train, capture a special moment with a photo op on a real Mardi Gras float, roast a hot dog over an open fire pit, and enjoy Carnival favorites such as king cake and cotton candy. Masks and social distancing between families will be required and COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place.
“Krewes already involved in supporting City Park (in no particular order): Rex, Zulu, Bacchus, Hermes, Thoth, King Arthur, Argus, Alla, Morpheus, Iris, Pygmalion, Mid City, Tucks, Femme Fatale, Babylon, Druids, Carrollton. Kern Studios, Rizzuto and Company, Ducote Designs, and PFJ Floats will assist with transportation of parade units.”
Need Help from the Public:
The Park is actively seeking additional krewes and parade entertainment groups to participate in this City Park fundraiser to have as many elements of a parade present while continuing to abide by safety protocols.
Krewe and parade entertainment group captains/leaders should email FloatsInTheOaks@nocp.org by the end of the day on Jan. 26 if interested in participating or learning more about the event.
“We are thrilled to hear so many people are interested in such a fundraiser to support City Park. It made us even more excited to eventually announce this event knowing the public supported it. City Park is looking forward to bringing a little bit of Mardi Gras to the people of the area, all while doing so safely. City Park will use the funds raised to maintain and operate the 1,300 acres,” COO Rob DeViney, COO said. “So everyone in our community can continue to enjoy the park.”
City Park said the COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted City Park significantly with the closure of revenue-generating facilities, which make up 90% of the park’s operating budget, such as weddings, catered events, and the amusement park.
Floats in the Oaks will provide revenue to offset these financial losses.
Tickets for ‘Floats in the Oaks’ and Add-on experiences are limited and all tickets must be purchased in advance and online only.
- Saturday – Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. – $10 per car
- Monday – Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. – $20 per car
- Grandstand Experience Add-on — $15 per person (3 years and under do not need a ticket)
- Park Parade Pack – $12 (pack made for 2 people)
- Event address: 2 Freidrichs Avenue, New Orleans LA 70124
Tickets on sale now: neworleanscitypark.com/floats-in-the-oaks
The ‘Floats in the Oaks’ route is 1.3 miles long spanning Palm Drive and Roosevelt Mall. During the duration of the event, Roosevelt Mall will be closed to the public.
Cars will enter off Wisner on to the Festival Grounds track to line up to enter the event. During the active time of the event, the Festival Grounds will be closed.
Vehicle height cannot exceed 11 feet. No limos, mini-buses, bikes, or pedestrians are allowed on the route.
Guests participating in the drive-thru event must be inside vehicles in seat belts.