This afternoon, the annual hour has come once again when we stand aside and herald the coming of another publication that is much more given to fits of folly and salacious stories than we could ever hope to be. Le Monde de Merde, the newspaper of Krewe du Vieux, has once again appeared on newstands (and the Internerd) to announce the coming of the bawdy band's annual locally-targeted romp through Faubourg Marigny and Vieux Carre. Following custom, the Feb. 4, 2012, parade's theme, royalty and route map are contained therein.
To remember a year that saw countless elected officials expose their naughty parts on cell phones and New Orleans narrowly miss being wiped off the map by spring flooding, the Krewe has taken "Crimes Against Nature," as its theme. Not only do they plan to march under the banner, the 16 subkrewes also plan to commit such acts themselves. According to the Merde, floats will include Dollar General Hospital, Bayou Beautox and the Arabi Spring Collection. One Krewe is boldly flaunting their intention to Benz Over.
Reigning over all this lascivious lawlessness will be Deon Haywood, the executive director of Women with a Vision, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create economic opportunities for local, marginalized women. Her presence will serve as a reminder that for every sperm on a stick walking down the street, the Krewe represents some of the finest and most committed people to making New Orleans a great place.
Finally, the Krewe has decided to change its marching order for this year's ride. Starting from its usual spot at its lair in the Den of Muses on Royal Street, the subkrewes will progress directly to Frenchmen, and loop around the Quarter in the opposite direction of recent years. The march begins at 6:30 p.m., but all are encouraged to start drinking early.