See what happens before the Float Loading Parties
Have you wondered how Mardi Gras floats are built and loaded with wonderful beads? The Krewe of Centaur’s captain, Ricky Bridges, describes what is done before a float loading party.
Seeing the floats come down the streets in all of its colorful creative concepts is exciting. But “preparing for the float loading party itself is a year long project,” says Ricky Bridges. The reason it takes a year to do because the Krewe’s switch up the themes to some of their floats. That way people do not get bored or are expecting to see all of the same floats for the party or parade every year. Each float has a float lieutenant and they meet with the captain to discuss how to decorate the floats to match the theme for the year.
The Krewe of Centaur is one of the largest Mardi Gras parades in the Ark-La-Tex. They have many people work on the floats throughout the year. There are many different types of floats such as children, teens, young adults, and adult. That does not include the Captain, King and Queen floats because they are customized since they are top royalty.
The entire Krewe is involved in building, constructing, and designing the amazing floats every year. Centaur Captain Ricky Bridges says that they do have private construction done for new floats and designs. Before you see the floats, they are secured in a “Den” (which is like a garage) and when the front doors open they bring them out so everyone could see them. Inside the den there are workshop spaces with drills, hammers, paint, screws etc… where the floats are stored. That is where the Krewe members work on the floats and keep their theme design a secret until Mardi Gras season.
Also in one of the dens, there are tons of bags for beads, cups, and other throws to decorate and load on the floats before they hit the streets. If you want to be apart of the Krewe of Centaur, visit their website here.
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