Krewe of Omega rolls through Hammond
Mardi Gras is a tradition that is favored by many residents in Louisiana. The annual Krewe of Omega parade rolls through Hammond and circles campus.
This year's parade took place on Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The parade began and ended at the University Center on North Campus. The theme for the Krewe of Omega was "Kings." Some of the floats featured King Midas, King of Hearts, King Tut, King Cake baby and King Kong.
Ron Roberts, Head Coach of the Lion Football team served as the Grand Marshall and Wayne Edward Tucker and Mae Rose Prinz served as the king and queen.
Many students enjoy this parade because they travel far from campus. The parade runs along the side of the campus, making it convenient for those who live in university dorms and housing to enjoy floats and throws as it passes.
"This is my first parade ever," said Baily Callahan, kinesiology major. "I live right here on campus so I just decided to check it out. "It definitely made me want to check out parades in New Orleans as well."
During the parade the krewe distributed new throws including Flexi-Flyers, a foldable Frisbee.
The Krewe of Omega was founded by the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, a former organization of the Greek community.
In 1986, the Krewe of Omega was started as a non-profit social organization formed with the Article of Incorporation. Each year the krewe picks a King and Queen that will represent them during the Mardi Gras season. For this krewe to continue each year they rely membership dues in addition to fundraising activities.
"Aligraw," which is a Mardi Gras-styled alligator represents the krewe as the official mascot. Throughout the February the krewe participated in several events such as coronation dance, king and queen party for the krewe, twelfth night party, Mardi Gras ball, trek and the parade. Many community members from Hammond as well as surrounding counties bring their families each year to witness and enjoy the Krewe of Omega parade.
Marcy Scheibengraber, a local from Hammond, discussed her long-time loyalty in attending the parade each year.
"I have been coming to this parade for 10 to 15 years now," said Scheibengraber. "I have my grandkids here with me, and it's their first time to come out and see the parade. We enjoy the bands the most during the parade."
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More lionsroarnews News Articles
Recent lionsroarnews News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR LIONSROARNEWS
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
- League leaders push Lions to four game losing streak
- Another victory at home for Lady Lions tennis team
- Gnarly Barley cans their craft beer
- The physics of video games
- Explore diversities in agriculture by visiting the HRS Camellia Garden Stroll
- Two university students impacted by Trump’s ban
- To be or not to be in love with love?
RECENT LIONSROARNEWS CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud
- Rehydrating for Optimal Health
- Five Reasons You Need Cell Phone Insurance Now
- The One Super Bowl Fact You Still May Not Know
- Companies Are Discovering That Pittsburgh Is Good for...
- Millennials Go House Hunting, and Here's What They Crave
- Estate Plans: You're Not Doing Anyone a Favor by Avoiding...
- What Would You Have to Give Up to Pay for An Unexpected...
- Four Tips to Keep Your Kids' Teeth Healthy And Clean
- Local Community Newspapers Go Digital
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- N. American Effie Awards Announces 2017 Collegiate Effie Competition
- Students Increasingly Turn To GoFundMe To Pay For College
- O2 BARS: LATEST RAGE AT COLLEGE DE-STRESS, SOCIAL, & WELLNESS EVENTS
- Deadline Approaching for Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants
- ESA Foundation launches 2017-18 Scholarship Program