The Abita Springs Push Mow Parade will roll, stroll and ride on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. The Push Mow Parade is a one-hour, down-home parade for Mardi Gras fools of all ages, followed by a free party in the field across from Town Hall where prizes are awarded for favorite floats and costumes. All viewers are encouraged to costume for this family-friendly parade!
The parade theme and monarchs will be announced as the event nears. Past themes include "A Pandemic, A Hurricane, What's Next for Abita?", "Science Fair Projects Gone Wild", "Dollar Store Dumpster Discoveries," "Terrible Theme Park Ideas", and many more that have garnered hundreds of humorous entries.
Streets will be closed by 10 a.m. and traffic will be diverted around the town. Visitors should arrive early in order to avoid the disruption to the usual traffic flow. Biking into town via the Tammany Trace is always a great way to enjoy the parade.
Route: Starts at Abita Middle School, 72079 Maple St., and rolls and strolls down Main Street to Pine St, over to Level Street; right turn before Abita Café onto Hickory, left on Main, and back to school.
The Krewe of Push Mow was founded by artist and art educator Ann O'Brien and other Abita Springs artists who thought it would be funny pushing decorated lawn mowers in a parade - thus the name "Krewe of Push Mow." The organization takes pride in its original themes, humorous floats, marching groups, and costumes. It is produced by the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum and Town of Abita Springs.
Photos by George Long