The ‘tit Rex mini Mardi Gras parade marches through the Marigny

By Doug MacCash | The Times-Picayune

A little rain couldn’t stop New Orleans’ littlest Mardi Gras parade from rolling merrily through the Marigny on Saturday night (Feb. 3). This year the ‘tit Rex parade (pronounced like the meat-eating dinosaur) turned 10 and the theme was simply “X.”

Knee-high floats titled “They all aXed for you,” “Wretched eXcess,” and “Xfoliatin’,” surrealistically celebrated the anniversary. The most crowd-pleasing design was probably “eXpired,” a miniature cemetery dedicated to beloved New Orleans’ businesses that ain’t dere no more.

The most smile-producing political float was “Gas X,” which playfully warned the chief executive of the United States of the alimentary pitfalls of a fast food diet. The genius float makers arranged for tiny puffs of vapor to regularly emerge from a crucial area of the design.

Honestly, I still don’t quite understand the concept behind the “eXistential Bacon” float, but I’ve come to realize that comprehension is highly overrated and rarely necessary for Carnival enjoyment. And here’s a shout out to the helium balloon-borne float that actually, uh, floated.

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The tiny but mighty ‘tit Rex Mardi Gras parade turns 10

By Doug MacCash | The Times-Picayune

The bitingly satirical shoe box parade ‘tit Rex (pronounced T-Rex) that takes place Feb. 3, is 10 years old. In keeping with its smallness, the ‘tit Rex leadership has conceived what it believes to be the shortest theme in Carnival history … the letter “X.”

Founder Jeremy Yuslum, who has lived in new Orleans since he was a mere baby, said that when the idea first crossed his mind, he “never, never,” imagined the mini parade would persist for a decade.

“I wasn’t thinking that far ahead,” he said.

Nobody was. It was just months after Hurricane Katrina. Yuslum had evacuated to Philadelphia, but he was back in town for the 2006 Mardi Gras season. Like everyone else, he was contemplating the future of the badly damaged city.

“Hummers and SUVs were all the rage at the time,” Yuslum recalled. The big movie of the moment was “King Kong.” There was a societal sense that “more is better.”

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2018 Parade & Route – This year’s theme is…..

This year is our TENTH ANNIVERSARY! And what better theme to take than ….. ‘X’ ?

*** Important Weather Info: We will roll rain or shine Saturday the 3rd.  As of right now it looks like our parade window will be dry. See you all out there! ***

The place is now famous: St. Roch & St. Claude ( actually the neutral ground at Marais Street on St. Roch ) for our TENTH ANNUAL ROLL! Come a little early to see the floats line up on the neutral ground, to get pics and better looks.

We’re happy to be back and we’re happy to celebrate with all of you and all our friends in the St. Roch, Marigny & Bywater neighborhoods! See you on February 3rd!

The route is the same as last year… but in case you’ve forgotten…

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