Terri Singleton named 2021 Mid City Gras Grand Marshall

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Terri Singleton, Grand Marshall of 2021 Mid City Gras, poses in her front yard with Sparky the Squirrel, the Mid City Gras mascot. Singleton was one of original organizers of the parade and served as chairperson of the parade committee for the first three years.

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — One of the original organizers of Mid City Gras Terri Singleton, has been named the Grand Marshall of 2021 festivities.

“Mid City Gras would be a lot different and much less fun if Terri Singleton hadn’t been involved from the very start,” said Twanda Lewis, president of Mid City Gras.

“Terri was Mid City Gras’ first parade chairperson. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of multiple aspects of the parade from securing the permits to the ‘rolling of the parade’. Making her Grand Marshall is a well-deserved honor,” added Lewis.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will be a reverse parade where krewes decorate homes to match the theme of 2021: MASKparade and people view the homes from their vehicles.

From 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 7, people will be able to drive around Mid City and view the decor. Organizers say a map detailing the participating properties will be available online closer to the event date.

“I’m honored that I was named Grand Marshall and am excited to help safely bring the Mardi Gras spirit to Mid City without having an actual parade,” Singleton said. “Decorating our houses will give us something fun to do while we stay at home for a while longer.” 

Krewes can sign up to participate in this year’s reverse parade through the website, midcitygras.org. It costs $15 to register, and participants will have an option of making a $10 donation to WHYR. Singleton selected the non-profit community radio station as the beneficiary of this year’s event.

Judges will evaluate the best decorations and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Those prizes will include gift cards from Mid City businesses and hand-crafted trophies.

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