Tucks, Proteus, Orpheus delight large, festive crowds



Posted on February 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS - Three popular parades drew big Uptown crowds as part of Lundi Gras festivities.

"I love the parades the best. Meeting new people and the excitement of it all," said Robert Haley who made the trip to the Crescent City from Seattle.

Haley joined dozens of parade-goers as the Krewe of Tucks finally rolled to the delight of crowds lined up along Napoleon Avenue on Monday. The Krewe and its energetic members forced to reschedule because of Saturday's severe weather.

"We're the Krewe of Tucks and Tucks has got culture," said a krewemember who identified herself as Kathleen referring to this year's theme.

The popular krewes didn't disappoint with Proteus following in Tucks footsteps showing off creative floats and vibrant costumes.

For Carlette Williams and her family, the Uptown parades are about keeping up with family tradition. The family camping in the neutral ground near Magazine and Napoleon.

"I'm out here with my family and friends who've been displaced since Katrina. It's like a homecoming and reunion, everbody meets at this spot every year," said Williams.

As the sun began to set, the Krewe of Orpheus moved to center stage with crowd pleasers the Saint Augustine Marching Band and the 610 Stompers.

"It's been great. My son is only a year old & enjoying it up on his ladder. We're having a good time!," said Jessie Haynes.

Another favorite: celebrity sightings at the Orpheus including singer Cyndi Lauper, Harry Connick, Hillary Swank, and Bret Michaels were just some of the big names riding with the krewe.

"Cyndi Lauper actually threw me these beads tonight, that is a fact!," said a happy parade-goer who identified herself as Janice.

Glamour and glitz mixed with some New Orleans flavor to make Lundi Gras 2012 another one to remember.