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‘Floats in the Oaks’ driving tour to bring Carnival to City Park

This year, instead of standing and watching the floats roll by, we can roll by the floats in scenic City Park.

“Floats in the Oaks” lets visitors to view iconic floats from various Mardi Gras krewes all in one place, and it will give Carnival revelers the opportunity to experience a part of Mardi Gras during this strange and historic season.

Families can safely participate in a parade-type event by viewing stationary floats from their cars, while supporting City Park. Participants are encouraged to wear Mardi Gras costumes and decorate their cars.

Krewes already involved in supporting City Park: Rex, Zulu, Bacchus, Hermes, Thoth, King Arthur, Argus, Alla, Morpheus, Iris, Pygmalion, Mid City, Tucks, Femme Fatale, Babylon, Druids and Carrollton. More are continuing to join the “Floats in the Oaks” lineup.

The Krewe of Mid-City is known for its sparkling foil floats. This one, from the 2020 parade, honors City Park. (Uptown Messenger photo)

Rex official James J. Reiss III said: “The Rex Organization is proud to honor its special connection to City Park as personified by Beau Bassich, a Marine Corp veteran in World War II who was the longtime volunteer leader of City Park and who served as Rex, the King of Carnival, in 1989.”

City Park officials said the fundraiser is especially needed now. The COVID-19 pandemic has financially impacted City Park significantly with the closure of the revenue-generating facilities that makeup 90% of the Park’s operating budget, such as weddings, catered events and the amusement park.

City Park will use the funds raised through “Floats in the Oaks” to maintain and operate the park’s 1,300 acres.

“City Park is looking forward to bringing a little bit of Mardi Gras to the people of the area, all while doing so safely,” said Rob DeViney, the park’s chief operating officer, “so everyone in our community can continue to enjoy the park.”

“Floats in the Oaks” will begin Thursday, Feb. 4, and run through Sunday, Feb. 14. On weekdays, it can be viewed from 5 to 10 p.m. On weekends, it will from 1 to 10 p.m.

Tickets for ‘Floats in the Oaks’ and Add-On experiences are limited and all tickets must be purchased in advance and online only. Ticket prices are:
Saturday – Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.: $10 per car
Monday – Sunday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.: $20 per car
Grandstand Experience add-on: $15 per person
Park Parade Pack: $12 (pack made for 2 people)

This is a rain or shine event. No refunds will be offered for any reason. Vehicle height cannot exceed 11 feet. No limos, mini-buses, bikes or pedestrians are allowed on the route. Eight people are allowed per vehicle. Everyone participating must be in a seatbelt.

Click here to purchase tickets. If you need assistance with ticketing, email support@wrstbnd.com.

Enter Float in the Oaks at 2 Friederich Ave., from Wisner Avenue. There is only one entrance; turn off Wisner to enter the line for the driving tour event.

Entrance to “Floats in the Oaks” (Google Maps)

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