Krewe of St. Amant preps for Mardi Gras boat parade

Michael Tortorich
A boat full of costumed Vikings participates in the Krewe of St. Amant Mardi Gras Boat Parade. The 7th annual parade will be Saturday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Canal Bank on the Diversion Canal. A ball will be Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Gonzales Knights of Columbus Hall.

Colorfully decorated boats will line the Diversion Canal again this year for a Mardi Gras tradition – all to raise money for children with illnesses.

The 7th Annual Krewe of St. Amant Mardi Gras Boat Parade will be Saturday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Canal Bank on the Diversion Canal, located at the Ascension and Livingston parishes line.

Ascension Parish Justice of the Peace John Hebert will serve as grand marshal. WAFB television personalities Jay Grymes and Caroline Moses will be the king and queen.

The 2nd Annual Krewe of St. Amant Ball will be Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Gonzales Knights of Columbus Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music will be provided by T-Boy and Just Us. Tickets are $25 per person. Cocktail attire preferred. Jambalaya and set ups included.

All proceeds from both events benefit “Dreams Come True.”

All donations at each participating dock will be collected by a designated money boat.

The parade route order will be issued two hours prior to the parade’s beginning. The start and finish point will be the Canal Bank Club. Routes will take about three hours to complete. Decorated docks will be judged prior to the start of the parade. Boats must complete the entire course to be eligible for prizes. Children of all ages are welcome.

The Krewe of St. Amant is a non-profit organization comprised of residents mostly in the River Highlands and Waterfront subdivisions.

The first parade was held Mardi Gras 2004 on the Diversion Canal.

Dreams Come True was founded and exists solely to provide dreams to children with life-threatening illnesses. The majority of the organization’s work is done in south Louisiana communities.

Children from the ages of 3 through 18 are eligible for dreams. Families of children with life-threatening illnesses are invited and encouraged to submit their applications.

Dreams Come True was founded in 1982.

For more information, contact Joan Kimbrough at 698-6964, Barry Arledge  at 698-3971 or Mac Dixon at 698-0915 or visit the Web site at kreweofstamant.com.