Krewe Of Carrollton, 1960s and 1970s

In 1960, the Krewe of Carrollton changed its route again, now passing over the Jefferson Davis Interstate 10 overpass. In 1967, the Captain of Carrollton assisted the Krewe of Endymion in getting them rolling, including renting floats to them.

A tragic accident took place on the Jeff Davis overpass in 1970 when tornadic conditions tipped the float and caused a krewe member to fall to his death. 1972 was the last year that the Krewe of Carrollton regularly started out on Oak Street. In 1974, the krewe changed to a Mid-City route, with the starting point on Canal Street. Three years later, in 1977, the route changed again to the standard Canal Street route.

In 1995, Carrollton returned to its roots and started once again from its original spot on Oak Street. It traveled down Oak and South Carrollton before following South Claiborne and Napoleon and joining the St. Charles Avenue route. The Krewe of Carrollton currently parades on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, which some older Carrolltonians still refer to as “Carrollton weekend.”

Images

1964 parade float.

1964 parade float.

In less than ten years, Carrollton would no longer be able to parade on Oak Street. It would shift to the Mid City Parade route. Photo courtesy of Iggy Christiana View File Details Page

Parade float on Oak Street, 1970

Parade float on Oak Street, 1970

This particular float contained the rider who would die later along the route after thunderstorms and high winds knocked the float over as it crossed the Interstate via the Jefferson Davis overpass. For many years, a large print of this photograph was displayed in the Christiana Seafood Store on Oak Street. Photo courtesy of Iggy Christiana. View File Details Page

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Lissa Capo and Ben Lewis, “Krewe Of Carrollton, 1960s and 1970s,” New Orleans Historical, accessed April 30, 2017, http://neworleanshistorical.org/items/show/468.
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