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."
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