Slidell's creative walking parade was founded in 1984 as the Carnival Krewe Mona Lisa and MoonPie, celebrating the season in Olde Towne Slidell. Transformed in 2018 as Mona Fest, the event featured costumed marchers, dancing clubs, brass bands, and an eclectic mix of grocery carts, bicycles and rickshaws, as well as their signature throw, the MoonPie.
The fest returns in 2019 as a fall event, just before Halloween, on Saturday, October 26, starting at 7pm.
A parade begins and ends at KY's in Olde Towne Slidell, marching from Robert St. along Cleveland, Second, Erlanger and First, and ends at the 200 block of Carey Street with a free street party. All are invited.
Mona Fest supports the arts, Olde Towne Slidell, and good humor. As such, all are invited to design their costumes and "floats" with creativity and wit, remembering that this is a fun, family event. Themes for 2019: Jolly Jousters, The Princess Bride, Lord of the Rings and Monty Python and the Holy Grail/Spamalot. No motorized vehicles allowed.