Katie Moore & Dominic Massa / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - The super krewe of Endymion is known for doing everything big and Saturday night, it will take that idea to new heights, or lengths.
The krewe is unveiling a huge, new float honoring the Pontchartrain Beach amusement park, which closed in 1983 but remains a beloved part of local history.
The "Pontchartrain Beach: Then and Now" float is longer than a football field at more than 370 feet long. That's a first for Carnival, the krewe says.
Made up of nine sections, it will carry 270 riders, on chassis specially built to navigate the twists and turns of the route. The tractor that pulls it is similar to ones that pull Boeing 747 jets.
Sections of the float, designed and built by Kern Studios, pay tribute to the Zephyr and Wild Maus roller coasters, the carousel, Haunted House, and even bathing beauties at the beach, including one that resembles the wife of krewe captain Ed Muniz.
Other highlights include special, state of the art fiber optic lighting, along with traditional lighting designed to evoke the feel of the amusement park. Paradegoers will even experience the smells of the beach, with popcorn and cotton candy scents sprayed into the air along the route.
It's one not to miss - Saturday afternoon as the krewe rolls on its traditional Mid-City route, starting at 4:15 p.m. at City Park Ave. and ending in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for the Endymion Extravaganza.