NEW ORLEANS - After parading for 80 years on the West Bank and in Algiers, the neighborhood from which it takes its name, the Carnival krewe of Alla has announced it will move its parade to the Uptown New Orleans parade route next year.
"Following the 2013 parade, it became apparent to the Krewe of Alla’s board of directors that the organization, which has experienced declining membership in recent years, needs to consider many options in order to remain active and viable," reads a statement from the krewe.
Alla officials said they feel the best way to attract more members is to move across the Mississippi River to the Uptown route. The krewe says it has discussed the move with New Orleans Police and city officials. It held a membership drive to try to boost ridership, but said the move is the best option.
Alla's decision follows a similar move by the Krewe of Cleopatra, which moved Uptown this year after 40 years on the West Bank. The Krewe of Choctaw also left the West Bank for Uptown.
Alla's statement says its 2014 parade will roll on the new route Sunday, Feb. 23.
The krewe, first organized in 1932, was led for many years by float builder Blaine Kern, its longtime captain.
Alla, whose name is a takeoff on Algiers, La., points out that during its long history it has adapted its route over the years, to accommodate larger crowds in Jefferson Parish.
"Alla's leadership believes that the decision is one imperative to survival of the organization," said the krewe statement.
"As it has done numerous times in its history, it is time for Alla, the fifth oldest parading Carnival organization, to renew itself and adapt to changing times so that it may continue its proud march into the foreseeable future."