BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — January 6th marks the Epiphany, meaning it’s also the official start of the Mardi Gras season.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 still lurks in the minds of Louisianians. However, North Baton Rouge Krewe of Oshun said the party will roll on.
“We are not blind or deaf. We know what’s going on around the community and around the world,” said Oshun Krewe President Byron Washington said. “We want to be wary of everything, but we are planning as if everything is going forth right now.”
They made their first debut in 2020, but haven’t been back since.
“It’s going to be this anticipation because we didn’t do anything this past year. Nobody had Mardi Gras,” he said.
The parade will start off at Harding Blvd. and Knotingham St. and end off of Howell Place Blvd. But the party doesn’t stop there, the Oshun Festival takes place after at Scotlandville Parkway.
“It’s going to be amazing, we are going to have things for youth, adults, we are going to have a live band, we are going to have a DJ, a host. We are going to have stuff going on all day. You are looking at a festive day and showcase, the best we have to offer in North Baton Rouge,” said Washington.
As the only African American Parade, he said this is an opportunity to show off the community.
“You’re really going to get a full round of the community and it’s going to end in a place where we are seeing great development happening,” he stated.
This year’s theme is ‘Going viral, Don’t call it a comeback.’
“It’s kind of a play on words because we’ve been dealing with a virus for a couple of years at this point, so it’s not a comeback, we are bouncing back and adjusting to this day and age,” Washington explained.
Other community activities including the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events have already been pushed to later dates. Washington said they will continue to communicate with city leaders in case of any changes.