John Cashen, Peter and Cheri Anderson, Cheryl Twickler, Lynn Morgan, Patty Youngblood and Cheryl and Ken Gordon all met at Juanitos and discussed the furthering of plans.
Patty points out that we have a job to do educating that Mardi Gras is actually a fun family holiday. Ken has put together a 20 minuet slide show on exactly this topic. As a part of that talk, economic data shows a sizable stimulus to each economy that hosts an authentic Mardi Gras and Ken has a lot of reasons why LaGrange would be a natural for this event. There are also philanthropic ways that Krewes can help local charities. We all want that to happen.
Ken reported on his recent efforts to get title float designs for the 2017 season. It was suggested by people at the museum that we get an art committee to head that, and similar efforts. Lynn Morgan volunteered to chair that committee. Subsequently, she has received the title, probably unique in this county - "Protector of the Arts"!
The Art committee's first job will be to get the word out on the design contest and judge it. One-Hundred dollars will go to the best float design for the title float, 50 dollars to the second place and 25 dollars to third place. The theme for 2017 is "THE KREWE OF MASK LOOKS AT ENTERTAINMENT".
We are building these from the ground up. We may as well begin with the end in mind!
There was mention of the "Arts in Bloom" event and perhaps getting a table there.
The idea of local throws, like Moon-Pies are for Mobile, was tossed around. Would corn flake - peanut butter bars be something for us to consider? Hummmmm. There's pros and cons.
A weight limit was considered for throws. We want to make this the safest parade possible! Many safety officials are envisioned and float lieutenants equipped with air horns to instantly stop drivers - if needed.
A set of safety regulations for floats was shared electronically after the meeting.
We discussed that each lieutenant needs to be absolutely for the safety of the parade and speaks with authority.
We mentioned safety regulations and no fire / cigarettes on the floats, but then marveled at Mobile's Fire breathing dragon floats, complete with one big mama dragon and little baby dragons who call for their Mama. Amazing!
I don't think we would be anywhere so daring. Still, we really want to make a good quality parade. We envision 30 units, making this first parade perhaps 1,800 feet long. We still need to physically MEASURE the overhanging street lights, power lines and signals to be sure that the assumed top of 13'6'' is good throughout the proposed route.
The idea of starting the parade with a single person carrying an old time rake and a cow-bell would be a nice historical reference to the Mobile Cowbellians who were responsible for bringing Mardi Gras to New Orleans.
Now, we are the Cowbellians.
Join us and make history in the best way possible.
We will meet again soon.
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Krewe Of Mask
Poobah of Mask, Dr. Kenneth Gordon