Krewe d'Etat rolls Friday (Feb. 24) at 6:30 p.m. Uptown, and the theme of the parade is always a closely guarded secret, not revealed until the first float rolls. But the krewe's dictator, as d'Etat's leader is known, has given us a sneak peek at a few of the floats that you'll see.
Musician Irvin Mayfield might be laying low right now, but he can't escape the gaze of this krewe. Mayfield, who played his last night at his namesake club at the Royal Sonesta in the fall after a series of scandals involving the New Orleans Library Foundation , is taunted in a float called "Bookworm.''
Jefferson Parish Mike Yenni, who has rebuffed calls to resign after a sexting scandal with a 17-year-old high school student, is portrayed as "The Preying Mantis,'' holding a pair of underwear (the student said he and Yenni met at a shopping mall food court, where the politician gave him some designer underwear).
And possible New Orleans mayoral candidate and cable TV personality Sidney Torres IV is skewered in a float called "101 Chalmatians.'' Torres IV, heir to a powerful St. Bernard Parish political family, sports his trademark goatee and slicked-back ponytail at the front of the float.
And who else will be on the receiving end of d'Etat's well-honed barbs? You'll just have to show up on the parade route Friday night to find out. Make sure you catch the krewe's all-male dancing group...