Krewe of Olympia 2022 Mardi Gras Parade
    Dates: February 19, 2022
    Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Price: Free
    Location: Covington CBD and Historic St. John District
    Address: Covington, LA 70433

Founded in 1965, this 200+ member Krewe is the oldest in St. Tammany. Keeping the identity of King Zeus a secret until the parade, members ride on floats, trucks and horses interspersed with marching bands from across the Northshore. The 2022 parade will roll on Saturday, February 19, 2022.

The parade begins at the intersection of N. Columbia St. and Jefferson Ave., following Columbia south until it reaches East Boston St., where it will turn west. The parade then goes southwest on Jefferson Ave. At the intersection of S. Jefferson and East 15th Ave., the krewe will turn northwest and follow 15th St. On South Tyler, the parade turns northeast and proceeds to West 23rd Ave. It turns southeast and ventures back down to North Jefferson Ave. Rolling back down Boston, it turns north onto Columbia, ending where it began at the intersection of North Columbia and Jefferson Ave.

The History Of The Krewe of Olympia
In 1965, a group of friends were having lunch at The Galley Restaurant across from the Covington Courthouse. Among them were Lieutenant Colonel Earl Wilson, Warren Illing, Sr. pharmaceutical sales manager, H. M. "Ollie" Olson, a Delta Airline Pilot, and James Heinrich, a local insurance agent. At the time, Colonel Wilson was president of the Chamber of Commerce.

It was shortly after Mardi Gras, and the conversation turned to the Lions Club parade on Mardi Gras morning in Covington. Colonel Wilson commented that many St. Tammany residents in rural areas probably had never seen a "New Orleans style" parade, adding "wouldn't it be great to bring one to the community?" By the end of the meeting, plans were under way to form a carnival organization in Covington. Each participant in the project was given the task of signing up 25 members for the organization. By the end of the week, approximately 100 enthusiastic members had formed the Mystic Krewe of Olympia.

Their first ball was held in 1966 in St. Paul School's field house. Costumes were made by a local seamstress. Props, scenery, flowers, music and tableau were handled by members, so the king was not announced. However, the queen, maids and ladies-in-waiting are all identified the night of the ball. Their identities are kept secret until announced in the ball program.

PHOTOS: Andrew Boyd for (2017)

Krewe of Olympia 2022 Mardi Gras Parade
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  • Covington CBD and Historic St. John District
  • Free