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Forgetting Fret with Freret

Krewe of Freret Energizes Saturday's Parades (Photos)



Krewe of Freret's lively parade stole the show Saturday. The young krewe was the third to roll Uptown (1.7) following Krewe of Pontchartrain and Choctaw. Freret's theme, "Sophomore Shenanigans," was a riot, featuring colorful dance troupes and local celebrity guests, like NOLA rapper Boyfriend and Councilmember Jason Williams, who reigned as King of the upstart parade in 2014.


Krewe of Freret Rolls Out Royalty


Bacchus made a splash by naming John C. Reilly their king, but it’s not just celebrities and super-krewes who crown royalty. The upstart Krewe of Freret (KOF) announced that  Bobby and Allison Hjortsberg will be crowned King and Queen for 2015. Grand Marshal Emeritus Darryl "Dancingman504" Young will lead the procession.


Parade Day Replay

Photos of Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, and Freret



Photos by Brandon Robert

The crowds were still relatively thin for the first major Mardi Gras weekend, and a trio of parades rolled on Saturday, February 22. Krewe of Pontchartrain and Krewe of Choctaw rolled down their traditional routes Uptown, followed by the inaugural roll of the Krewe of Freret. 


Parade Planner: Weather, Routes for Krewe of Freret, Sparta and More Uptown


Temperatures are moderate and rain chances are nil for Saturday’s parades, with the forecast featuring a zero percent chance of precipitation, a high of 72 degrees with sunny skies, and a low tonight of 57 degrees. On St. Charles Ave., the Krewe of Pontchartrain kicks off the day parades at 1 p.m., followed by Choctaw, and an inaugural Krewe of Freret roll. Krewe of Sparta begins the night parades at 6 p.m., followed by Pygmalion.


Freret's 'First Time'

Krewe of Freret Takes to St. Charles with Locally-Made Throws



The Krewe of Freret will roll this Mardi Gras season after spending a year waiting for approval from NOPD. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “There’s a First Time for Everything.”


Today in New Orleans: 8.10.13


There are many ways to get your strut on this fabulous Saturday. You can throw a hot red number and run around Armstrong Park for charity and then wear it later to shake your money-maker to some rock funk at Gasa Gasa. Or put on those dirty linens from last Saturday’s Art District stroll and venture downtown to the Royal Street galleries. On this day in 1964 Louis Armstrong 's classic album "Hello, Dolly" was certified Gold by the RIAA.


Krewe of Freret Set for 2014 Mardi Gras Ride


by Leslie Gamboni

Placed on the back burner by city officials during Super bowl and carnival celebrations, the Krewe of Freret’s hopes to roll were forced to take a rain check. The Uptown krewe was forced to replace a parade with a party in 2013, but NOPD has given them the go ahead to roll Saturday, February 22, 2014.


No Parade, But Krewe of Freret Set to Party All Night


Carnival has commenced and with it comes the inebriated nights chasing after floats, the unveiling of dapper debutantes into society and black-tie balls to see you through the morning. Though the fledgling Krewe of Freret won't be partaking in the parade part this year, they're still going to party. The krewe announced their stellar lineup for their second annual open bar black-tie masquerade ball on January 25 at Mardi Gras World.  It’s difficult to beat an open bar filled with anonymous faces in tails.  


Frustration on Freret: New Krewe Won't Roll Until 2014


by M.D. Dupuy

The good times won’t roll this carnival for the Krewe of Freret. Despite support from a number of City officials and Mardi Gras muckety mucks, the co-ed Krewe won’t roll in 2013. According to the group’s release, law enforcement seemed too distracted by the Super Bowl to respond to their $750 application, claiming they believed the date to be set for 2014.


Krewed In

Group of Grads Seeks to Revitalize Krewe of Freret's Spot on Carnival Calendar



It’s been almost 20 years since the Krewe of Freret last rode through the neighborhood. But thanks to a fledgling group of young men taking cues from the Uptown corridor's commercial revitalization, a new parade may once again roll behind a banner baring that name. 


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