The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus
Our second featured parade is the incredible Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus! One of the most fun parades of the year, Chewbacchus is the perfect opportunity to get your inner (or outer) nerd on and enjoy the Mardi Gras spirit! Whether you’re a fan of the original, second, or soon to be third trilogies, or even if you don’t know much about Star Wars, you’re guaranteed to have a great time given the bizarre and enjoyable atmosphere suitable for all ages! Also, if you are wondering, it’s not strictly Star Wars themed! Per the parade’s official website: “The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras parade organization for the most revelrous Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Gamers, Cosplayers, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, Mad Scientists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom!” So ALL NERDS ARE WELCOME!!! REJOICE!
The parade starts at 7:00 pm at the corner of Press Street and Royal Street, makes it way left up N Peters St, then moves up on Frenchman, and ultimately takes a right down St. Claude Ave, ending at Poland Ave. The complete parade route can be found here!
Pictured: Bar-2 D2 Float from a previous Chewbacchus parade (Source)
The Sneaky Pickle
So, how can you enjoy this parade locally? We’ve highlighted two great places that are right on the parade route. First, we have the Sneaky Pickle, a vegan-friendly restaurant that is truly one of the Bywater’s hidden gems. With a name like that, you know this place welcomes a good sense of humor. Located on 4017 St Claude Ave, this restaurant boasts a variety of delicious and healthy sides, flatbreads, and sandwiches that rotate in and out of the menu. The best part is, they make everything from scratch and THEY SOURCE LOCALLY! Their philosophy, per their website, is to provide reasonably priced, locally sourced, distinctive, and moderately healthy food to the ninth ward neighborhood of New Orleans and beyond.
So what should you get? Ask your server about the daily special, as it often changes. We recommend going with the “Fried veggie farmers Co-op tofu and fried pickled pepper salad with greens, tomatoes, onions, sesame seeds and pesto” but if that’s not your style, check the full menu here!
Pictured: The Mac and Cheese, and the Tempeh Reuben, courtesy of Yelp.com
New Orleans Food Co-op
Want to cook your own pre/post parade meal instead? Check out the New Orleans Food Co-op, located at 2372 St. Claude Ave. Open til 10 pm, stop by for all things locally sourced. Everyone knows you have to get your snack on before the parade! Per their website, found here, they “support our local economy, by sourcing our products as close to our store as possible and by building lasting relationships with our farmers & producers.” Thus, it is abundantly clear that they care about New Orleans and our local health and economy! To access the co-op, enter through the bright orange building called the New Orleans Healing Center (Pictured Below). You can access the store from the front or rear entrance of the building. The New Orleans Food Co-op is near the rear. Need to park? Don’t fret! The co-op has two separate parking lots with “co-op only parking”, accessible from either Spain St. or North Rampart St.
(New Orleans Healing Center)
Drinking Locally at Chewbacchus
As always, if you are drinking before, during, and/or after the parade, keep it local when you can with some of our favorite locally sourced brands. Look out for brands such as Old New Orleans Rum, anything from Donner-Peltier (such as Oryza, Rougaroux, and LA1), Cathead Vodka, and Crescent Vodka! As always, enjoy this Mardi Gras season responsibly!