BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The fourth annual Krewe of Oshun will return to North Baton Rouge for the fourth year on January 20, 2024, and registration is now open for the community. 

According to Byron Washington, president of Krewe of Oshun Baton Rouge, the theme of this year is the King’s Palace. The theme is inspired by it being after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. 

“So, you know, we still have that kind of Martin Luther King thing going on. But every year we kind of do different things just around what’s going on in the community. And we just think this year, the King’s Palace, is just apropos because it allows the people to really see what this community has done over the past four or five years in growing and doing new establishments and different focuses,” Washington said. 

Early access registration is currently happening with a fee of $250 for parade float participants, and $50 for walkers. Washington says the fee will rise after November. 

“If you register now, you can take advantage of the of the discounts available,” Washington said. 

Washington emphasizes that the goal is to unite the community, and if you need certain assistance, the krewe is offering to help. 

“Don’t think you have barriers. You can email us, you can ask questions if it’s something that even if it’s financial, we can find ways to work with you. Our job and our goal is to make sure everybody has an opportunity,” Washington said. 

Washington considers the mardi gras festival more than an event, but a way to bring the culture close to home, while also helping a part of Baton Rouge that needs more love.

“People in the community have a chance to not have to really drive a long way to go to a parade that really reflects the kind of culture and heritage of the community,” Washington said. “It serves as a way of economic development and community development. People can see what it’s like to really pour into different organizations. They can see the development is going in and around Scotlandville and North Baton Rouge as a whole.” 

To register, go here.

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