New Orleans -- For the first time in two years, the Krewe of Boo rolled through New Orleans. Thousands came out Saturday night to catch some of the locally produced throws and celebrate Halloween a little early.
Decked out in costumes, people from all over the city lined streets in the French Quarter and Downtown to catch the Krewe of Boo parade. "We're so excited. Being from the Bywater we couldn't wait to get down here for it," said Adam Vickers.
Thirteen floats each with its own spooky theme, made up the parade in addition to marching bands and dance groups like the 610 stompers and the Cherry Bombs.
Parents we spoke to say this is one of the few kid friendly Halloween events around town. "It's wonderful, its family oriented," said Michael Dobard.
Started in 2010 by Mister Mardi Gras, Blaine Kern, the Krewe of Boo was a big hit. The krewe took a two year hiatus but this year, back again and being run by Kern's son, Brian, there were a few twists....like no beads as throws. Brian Kern explains, "I came up with the idea to only throw products made in Louisiana. A majority of what we're throwing is New Orleans made."
Parade goers didn't mind. In fact, they tell us they loved catching local goods like PJ's coffee packs and Aunt Sally's Pralinettes. Jeanette Myer says "I think it's great. I'm an artist and I actually made some of the voodoo doll pins and magnets that they bought."
Local throws, kooky costumes and over the top floats help to make this parade one of a kind. Parade revelers agree. Mike Higgins says, "It's fun to have everyone dressed up and just celebrate the Halloween season, so we could not be happier."
Johnny Perry adds, "Being from New Orleans we're used to a good time and this is it."