Locals looking for a fun, authentic way to celebrate the upcoming Mardi Gras season won’t have to travel as far as Mobile or New Orleans to join in the celebration this year.
The Krewe De Tigris, a social organization dedicated to bringing together the community in celebration, is hosting its fourth annual Mardi Gras Parade on Feb.22 at 2:30 pm in downtown Auburn.
According to Beth Witten of Krewe De Tigris, this will give those who may be attending the Auburn men’s basketball game that day an ample amount of time to head downtown for the festivities.
The parade will feature over 50 participants, who will parade through town on elaborate Mardi Gras-style floats.
Parade-goers can look forward to seeing the Mardi Gras Parade Queen’s float along with other local Auburn businesses who will be tossing moon pies and other trinkets into the crowd.
Witten says there will be a few changes to this year’s parade route.
“This year’s parade is going to follow the same route but in reverse,” said Witten. “Instead of beginning at Toomer’s Corner, it will begin at Thach Avenue, follow through to Gay Street and Tichenor Avenue then finish along College Street in the Toomer’s Corner area.”
Witten also stated that Krewe De Tigris is partnering with The Downtown Merchants Association to bring back an all-inclusive wristband package to parade-goers.
The Krewe Krawl, which will begin at 10 a.m. that day, will cost $10 dollars and allow purchasers free cover to participating bars, discounts at downtown retailers and boutiques and access to Mardi Gras specials at participating restaurants.
“This band will just allow for those interested a way to get the bang for your buck,” said Witten. “The parade, itself, is free but this is just for those who want to take advantage of the downtown merchants who will be participating.”
Attendees can also look forward to a block-style after-party with a little twist from previous years.
“This year, we are closing off Magnolia between Gay and College for a block party,” said Witten. “We also have a jazz band called “Where Y’at?” coming down from New Orleans to lead the party and the parade.”
While the parade is the group’s biggest event since 2017, according to Witten, Krewe De Tigris is committed to bringing celebration through community year-round.
“The Krewe celebrates community the whole year,” Witten said. “This parade is a culmination of Mardi Gras season that we want to bring to the Auburn community.”
“All of the members have a passion for community and we just wanted to bring that flavor to Auburn for students, families and citizens so they don’t have to leave to experience Mardi Gras.”
Streets will begin to close at 1 p.m. the day of the event. Local citizens can began purchasing Krewe Krawl wristbands on Feb. 17 at local select businesses and will also be available for purchase the day of the event.
“We are just excited to bring Mardi Gras back to Auburn,” Witten said.
“We hope this is the best year yet.”