Krewe of

HOUSE FLOATS

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Let's have a pandemic-safe

MARDI GRAS

Parade at home!

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40 subkrewes

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Krewe of House Floats gives back!

While the Krewe of House Floats stays safely at home for Carnival this year, we need your help to ensure that those who are most impacted by parade cancelations can also stay safely in their homes! Join our giving campaign to address unemployment, food insecurity, and housing insecurity.

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Support Local Businesses & Artists!

KoHF encourages you to use local businesses and artists to help decorate your house float! We have compiled a reference list for you to start your house float preparations.

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Official Press Release

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Krewe of House Floats Rolls Forward with Mardi Gras 2021 Plans

2021 Carnival season has a new alternative amid cancellation of parades due to COVID-19

NEW ORLEANS (Dec. 8, 2020) — In a city that doesn’t let anything rain on its parade, the new Krewe of House Floats will roll forward with its plans for a safe alternative to the traditional 2021 Carnival season due to the cancellation of parades caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Created by New Orleans resident Megan Boudreaux, the Krewe of House Floats began as an idea posted to social media and rapidly grew into an organization with more than 7,500 members.

“It started off as a Twitter joke and now everyone wants to participate,” said Boudreaux. “We look forward to this not only being a way for people to safely celebrate Carnival season, but also as an opportunity to help our city’s culture bearers.”

The volunteers and subkrewes comprising the Krewe of House Floats have spent countless hours planning, structuring the organization, consulting with city officials, brainstorming ways to help local artisans, and working on an official Krewe of House Floats map where carnival-goers can view participating houses, which will be decorated with the traditional flair of the city’s beloved floats.

The decoration of house floats will begin on King’s Day (Jan. 6, 2021), the official start of Carnival season. Nearly 40 neighborhood subkrewes have formed throughout the greater New Orleans region, including Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes. There is even a subkrewe for NOLA expats in other states who, unable to return home for Carnival season festivities, will be celebrating with house floats from afar.

Throughout Carnival season, which culminates with Mardi Gras Day on Feb. 16, the Krewe of House Floats will channel donations to organizations around the city who support those most affected by the cancellation of parades, including but not limited to local artists, float builders and other culture bearers. More details about community partnerships are forthcoming.

For more information or to participate, visit www.KreweOfHouseFloats.org or email the krewe at KreweOfHouseFloats@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook (@KreweOfHouseFloats), Instagram (@KreweofHouseFloats) and Twitter (@HouseFloats). For corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities, contact KreweOfHouseFloats@gmail.com.

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Frequently Asked Questions


There's a lot happening very quickly around here, and people naturally have questions. Here are some of the most common, and our best answers at this time. If you have a question or concern that's not addressed here, let us know through your subkrewe captain or by using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Click the questions below to view or hide their answers.

  1. What is Krewe of House Floats?

    The Krewe of House Floats (KoHF) is a socially-distant Mardi Gras krewe founded under the belief that if we cannot safely gather together on the parade route in 2021, then we can bring the spirit of the parades home to celebrate the Carnival season in a pandemic-safe manner that supports our friends, neighbors, local culture-bearers and locally owned businesses.

  2. How do I participate?

    The most obvious way to participate is to decorate your home like a Mardi Gras parade float (in any way or theme you choose – follow your muse, join your neighborhood subkrewe's theme, or hire a local artist to decorate for you) while complying with the Parade At Home Order to mask up, keep at least 6 feet away from your fellow revelers, and avoid crowds on Mardi Gras Day. Or, you can just peruse the map and take a tour of the various neighborhoods to see how others have decorated.

  3. What is the giving campaign?

    The rapid success of Krewe of House Floats and all that it has inspired is a testament to our indomitable spirit, and we hope that you will join us in reaching our $100,000 goal. Your donation to the Krewe of House Floats’ campaign is completely tax-deductible through our partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation: donate here. All funds are distributed by the KoHF and can only be distributed to non-profit organizations in good standing.

    We never want to have a family choose between buying groceries and paying rent, so $25,000 of our campaign will support ten Culture Aid NOLA food distribution sites. Their low-barrier, high-fun food distribution events already make an impact in the lives of our culture bearers impacted by the pandemic, and we want to help them continue that work through Carnival and beyond.

    For those who have already found themselves unsheltered, we want to meet them where they are and help provide supplies and a caring community. Another $25,000 of our campaign will support Grace at the Green Light’s Meals with Love and Going Home programs as they supply food, water, hygiene products, transportation, and connection to those who are on the streets. Through this partnership, we have been two rider spots for a lucky Krewe of House Floats donor to ride in the 2022 Krewe of Friar Tucks parade, generously gifted by the Krewe of Fat Bankers!

  4. Are there guidelines for participating in KoHF?

    Yes, here's our Statement of Participation.

  5. How do I find my neighborhood subkrewe and captain?

    The list of subkrewes is here. Join the Facebook group for your area, or email your neighborhood captains if you are not a Facebook person.

  6. Where can I find local businesses and artists to help me deck out my house float?

    Join our Facebook resource group or consult our oft-updated Artist & Vendor List to find a local artist to help you make custom throws or even hire a float builder to deck out your home.

  7. Will there be a map? I want to be on the map! How do I get my house on the map?

    Of course there will be a map! It will go live on our website on February 1st! If you missed the January 6th registration deadline, you can still sign up to be a member but we can’t promise your house float will make it on to the map. Our volunteers in the cartography department are working diligently to get the maps ready and we will do our best to get as many folks on the map as we can.

  8. Do I have to put my house on the public map?

    Nope! The more the merrier but if you just want to take a picture and tag #kreweofhousefloats on Instagram, that’s good enough for us. We are just happy to see folks having a good time in the time of social distancing. We still ask that folks follow our guidelines for participation as a member of the Krewe of House Floats.

  9. I live in an apartment or condo, but I want to participate.

    We recommend joining the subkrewe for your neighborhood and finding a neighbor who might need a hand - we’ve already had at least one house in need of decorators "adopted" this way. Alternatively, even if you can't be a stop on the map, you can decorate your window/door/balcony/interior and post your photos to social media with the hashtag #kreweofhousefloats!

  10. What day is my neighborhood's "parade"?

    All parade maps go public on February 1, 2021 so that folks can tour different neighborhoods at their leisure. Everyone will “parade at home” on Mardi Gras Day to dance on their porches and throw things to their neighbors to their hearts’ content. This decision was specifically made NOT to have different days for different neighborhoods in order to avoid drawing crowds or traffic to any one place. We are committed to doing our part to see everyone happy and healthy and back out on the parade route in 2022.

  11. Will we have throws? Is there a signature throw?

    Sure, you can make throws, but please use pandemic-safe ways of distributing them. The official "signature" throw of the KoHF in 2021 will be masks – the kind that cover your nose and mouth! Of course you can decorate your own, but we also encourage you to get creative by recycling, crafting, and/or supporting local Mardi Gras vendors to purchase or commission throws. And remember to clean up after yourselves - the trash crews aren’t gonna be there to sweep up your broken beads and go-cups this year.

  12. Do I have to throw anything? Do I have to follow a theme?

    Nope! Within reason do what you wanna, just do it masked and socially distanced. Just like any parade, there are limits: no sharp things, no offensive or racist BS, no commercial advertisements, etc., as per city parade guidelines.

  13. Do I need a permit to hire a band for my house float?

    Krewe of House Floats leadership has been in regular contact with the New Orleans mayor’s office for several weeks now. New Orleans is currently under modified Phase 1 restrictions which means the city will not be issuing permits for bands or porch performances. The city guidelines ask that you do not host anyone outside of your immediate household, even for outside gatherings. Given the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19 across the country, we ask every member to help stop the spread and comply with these guidelines for your Krewe of House Floats activities.

  14. Do I need a permit to turn my house into a float?

    In general, any temporary decorations and embellishments to a home or business do not require any special permitting, however, if you are in Orleans Parish and intend to build a structure (like a scaffolding or reviewing stand) intended to support the weight of a person sitting or standing you will need to request a permit. Outside of New Orleans, please check your local ordinances or homeowners association rules regarding any decorations that go beyond what you might usually put up for other holidays.

  15. This is such a cool idea but turning my house into a float is not really in my budget.

    Have you heard about our art supply pantries? They're like Little Free Libraries but for decoration and art supplies! See our Art Pantry Facebook Group for more information. You might also want to join your neighbhorhood subkrewe and see if there is anyone in your area looking to adopt a home to decorate.

  16. I am in a dance krewe and/or I want to hire my favorite dancing krewe to march on my block.

    Unfortunately, modified Phase 1 restrictions mean that we can no longer gather even in small groups for performances. We would still love to have you record your group dancing your own choreography to our official KoHF song and become a part of our philanthropic efforts! Please email chiefchoreographer@gmail.com to get more details or join the Facebook group.

  17. I am an artist, float builder, musician, culture bearer or business owner who has lost income as a result of parade cancellations. Is there a way to get connected with Krewe of House Floats resources?

    Yes, we want to help! Please join our Facebook resource group and let us know what products/services you offer. Watch our social media and this page for more announcements regarding our community partnerships.

Map submission deadline


JANUARY 6, 2021

Decorating begins!


JANUARY 6, 2021

Map release date


FEBRUARY 1, 2021

Mardi Gras Day!


FEBRUARY 16, 2021

Team


What started out as one woman's casual idea has, in less than a month, become a movement (7500 strong and growing!) to save Mardi Gras 2021 from the pandemic. This has only been possible thanks to the ongoing efforts of an incredible number of volunteers and people like you who love Mardi Gras and are interested in keeping both one another AND the spirit of Carnival alive. Y'ALL are the Krewe of House Floats! So, thanks – and see you on the porch!

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Megan Boudreaux


Founder/Admiral of the Fleet
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Volunteers & subkrewe Captains


Rockstar Organizers!
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Y'ALL!


The Krewe of House Floats Ridership!

- Thanks for being a part of the krewe! -

Neighborhood subkrewes


We have 40 neighborhood subkrewes throughout the New Orleans area and beyond! Find your subkrewe of choice below. Do watcha wanna! These maps are just guidelines – if your house is not included in the area shown on the map, no problem, just join the krewe that suits you best!

Currently these links go mostly to subkrewe Facebook groups – we'll be updating them soon when more non-Facebook contact information is available.

In the words of the Admiral


"I know a lot of folks are sad and disappointed that Mardi Gras cannot be normal this year, but I am hoping that Krewe of House Floats can be a way for folks to channel their creative energy, make something positive out of a bad situation, and have something to look forward to in 2021."


Megan Boudreaux, KoHF Founder

"This is really about coming up with creative ways to celebrate carnival that keep everyone safe until we can get through to the other side of this pandemic."


Megan Boudreaux, KoHF Founder

Contact


The best way to contact us for information about how to participate is through your subkrewe captain (listed above).
For media/press/business inquiries, contact us at kreweofhousefloats@gmail.com or use the form below.

Thanks for your interest and participation in the Krewe of House floats!

Do whatcha' wanna! We're just here to help New Orleans have a fun and festive Carnival in 2021, despite the somewhat grim circumstances we find ourselves in this year. Enjoy and be safe!