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.
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.
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.
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!
Are there guidelines for participating in KoHF?
Yes, here's our Statement of Participation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get more details or join the Facebook group.
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.