Mardi Gras is back and New Orleans couldn't be more excited about it. With the absence of Carnival season last year, it is amazing to see all of the krewes, families, and visitors in the city, ready to celebrate all of the traditions that make New Orleans one of the best places in the world.
One of those traditions was held this past Sunday as the Krewe of Bacchus opened their float den to members, friends, and family for their annual float den party. This year's theme "From the Heart" plays out through many of the floats and throws. Some of the heart themed throws include heart shaped purses, beads, and doubloons. With a focus on sustainability, some of the other signature throws include colorful Bacchus Band-Aids, a squeaky rubber toy hamburger, a three-dimensional Bacchus medallion that converts to a refrigerator magnet, durable silicone cups, bow-ties, light-up COVID masks, and much more.
As one of New Orleans' most popular krewes, Bacchus parades every year on the Sunday before Mardi Gras Day with some of the best floats of the season. This year, you can expect to see all of the fan favorites including the Kong family floats (King Kong, Queen Kong, and Baby Kong), the Bacchasaurus, Bacchawhoppa, and, of course, the King's Float, featuring the Bacchus logo cups and the traditional Bacchus doubloon with the image of this year's king, actor Josh Duhamel.
This year's must-see float represents what the city of New Orleans does best: hospitality. The Bacchatality Float is a three-section float that carries members from the New Orleans hospitality industry. It is highlighted this year with its signature throws including heart shaped measuring cups and heart shaped spatulas.
The 2022 Bacchus float den party was an excellent preview of what's to come in the next couple of weeks. Filled with elaborately decorated floats, good food, spirits, and music, the event also had family fun activities including balloon artistry, circus acts, and caricature artists. Preparing us for what's to come, we are all looking forward to enjoying this year's Bacchus parade. See you there!