We had a very good Parade and Party and for the first time, we were televised. We succeeded in bringing fun, Majesty and frivolity to the City of LaGrange. Congratulations to everyone involved. We all had a lot of fun and brought fun to thousands of people.
There were firsts: first full regalia for King and Queen (and they look spectacular!) first professional artwork (title float), first animation on a float, first outboard lights, first velcro float applications, first tableaux, first vikings, first pirates, first colored doubloons, first last minute bead sales.
Perhaps you have seen the LGTV broadcast. We attempted to correlate the information given to the Krewe and get it to the announcers, but certain things, mainly our launch order, prevented that information from being more widely broadcast. Mostly, the complex system that Co-Captain Ken devised theoretically would have had everyone going in order and having that information of sequential pages. In practice, we could not keep our crowd waiting for the few volunteers to assemble all units in order.
When we launched, the floats were in the right order, but little else was. The telecasters couldn't rifle through the notes on air, and for that I apologize.
Having given the issue some thought, I've elected to make some changes in the future so that launch is more orderly.
First, we will start a registration fee for each vehicle to help defray the costs of the magnetic signs. I'm thinking 25 dollars for Jeeps, Antique Autos and Golf Carts but that's not set in stone. That just gets people to commit and commit early enough to get the structure we need to get it all announced. Second, after the amount is determined, we will open the parade to the first 12 Antique cars and the first 12 Jeeps that submit a completed application. Third, we will issue individual passes to the staging area. That pass will have the parking place number and map to where that unit is supposed to be. Forth, we will line up pretty much in parade order, with floats arriving at 2 pm, and other vehicles arriving at 6 PM. Fifth, with trailers taking up extra space, golf carts will be limited to the first four to complete an application.
If you look at Sweetland's Parking lot, you can imagine the northernmost row having the first few units including the Royal float. You can think of the second row having some more units and then the title float. The third row having another float and so on. Rather than trying to see where "Unit 35" is, you'd know "I'm the third unit after the title float" for instance.
That would mean better press on your information submissions.
We'll be posting more as time goes on about float policy for 2019 and for marching organizations for 2019.
Happy Mardi Gras!
Krewe Of Mask
Poobah of Mask, Dr. Kenneth Gordon