Join the Krewe of Covington Lions Club parade and The City of Covington in celebrating the 60th Anniversary on Mardi Gras Day, March 5, 2019. The parade theme is “Celebrating 60 Years of Carnival”.
The Grand Marshal, retired Saints player, Michael Lewis, “The Beer Man” and the Saints Super Fans will be leading the parade through the streets of historic downtown Covington. The parade includes floats, horses, trucks, wagons, classic cars, dancers, bands and marching krewes. We invite all businesses to participate in the parade and their business throws are welcomed.
“The Covington Parade has grown into a destination site for the thousands of people that have moved to the Northshore, and our expansion of the event is designed to enhance the day for everyone. Mardi Gras day on the Northshore is ideal for families who are looking for a safe, family, friendly environment”, said Councilman Larry Rolling, the chairman of the City of Covington Parade Committee.
The Lions Club Parade begins at 10am followed by the Mystic Krewe of Covington and Lyra, a marching krewe founded in 2010.
The Carnival of Covington celebration continues after the parade at the Covington Trailhead at 12pm, sponsored by St. Tammany Hospital and Ochsner with the Mardi Music played by the Boogie Falaya Band, participant awards, a kid’s area, “Lil Jesters” sponsored by Gulf Coast Bank with mask decorating and crafts, food trucks and drinks for purchase. A second line will conclude this Carnival in Covington celebration.
The Covington Lions Club has brought the celebration of Mardi Gras to downtown Covington since 1959. The parade starts in front of St. Tammany Parish Justice Center on Columbia Street and follows a route along Hwy 21/Boston Street to Jefferson Ave. 15th, Tyler Street, W. 23rd and back through downtown again.
The Mystic Krewe of Covington, once called the “Krewe of KaaCee," was founded in 1951 by the Knights of Columbus.
Photos: Dan Cobb, St. John Fools of Misrule; City of Covington/Carnival in Covington Facebook page