According to Carnival historian Errol Laborde, Krewe Bohème is another example of the leadership role that women are taking in carnival. In recent years women have led most of the new organizations. Laborde added that he likes the name Bohème in that it fits in with the artistic character of both Carnival and the Marginy/French Quarter neighborhood. He also noted that the idea of a green fairy as a monarch is especially clever. “It is an insider’s joke,” he noted, “but one worth bringing to light.” Laborde continues, “green fairy” was a nickname given to absinthe, the potent, anise-flavored liqueur used in many of the city’s early cocktails. He said Bohème follows in the tradition of artists parades originally established in the 1970s by the Krewe of Clones. The group, which was based at the then new Contemporary Arts Center, established the small-scale walking parade with miniature floats. The Krewe du Vieux would carry on Clone’s legacy. In the traditions of Carnival, Laborde said, “ideas have a way of re-evolving, each adding its own new touches.”
WHO IS KREWE BOHEME
Krewe Bohéme is a Carnival parade the likes of which has never been seen in the history of the city. The newly formed Krewe Bohème has the distinct honor of being the very first parade of the Carnival season. Parading through the Bywater, Marigny and French Quarter, Krewe Bohème will bring to paradegoers a visual and auditory feast of mystery, artistry and fun.
The fantastical new Krewe Bohème is a 501(c)(7) Social Club and an unconventional collection of artists and merry makers. In true bohemian spirit Krewe Bohème’s throws are not the ubiquitous, mass produced beads. Each handmade throw reflects the creative and eclectic Krewe Bohème membership of New Orleans’ bohemians and beauties.