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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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COVINGTON, La. -- Beads and parade schedules are being loaded up across the Northshore as the start of Mardi Gras season creeps closer.

For the Krewe of Lyra, excitement is in the air. The krewe switched from the streets of Mandeville to Covington last year just to keep rolling.

'We were thrilled to roll in Covington. We had a wonderful ride that day,' said Lyra Captain Mary Grace Knapp. 'The parade turned out excellently and we are looking forward to joining Covington again this year.'

Some krewes weren't as lucky last year, with the Krewe of Claude in Slidell and the Krewe of Orpheus in Mandeville sitting out due to financial struggles and low memberships.

This year, there still doesn't appear to be a future in progress for Orpheus, but Claude is 'Going to Hollywood' in its return to the Mardi Gras scene. It'll roll behind the Krewe of Slidellians on Feb. 9.

'Our membership is better, but we still have a long way to go. But we're going to ride and we're ready and we're happy to be back on the road,' said President Mary Ann Hicks said,

One group of die-hard parade riders, called the Krazy Krewe, is not only throwing in at least nine parades this year, but they're hitting the streets and social media to help all parades recruit new members.

'We put the word out on the krewes and we also ride them a lot, so we give a lot of money back to the krewes,' said Arthur Schick. 'It's all about helping our community out.'

Their goal is one many seem to share:keep the family-friendly Mardi Gras on the Northshore alive and growing.

There will be around 20 parades rolling throughout St. Tammany Parish alone. To find out dates and times of the Northshore parades, head to the Mardi Gras section.

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