New Orleans, LA — New Orleans is one of the most enthralling destinations in the United States to me, without question. Also known as “The Big Easy,” named in part after a dance hall in the 1900s, travelers can enjoy all the delicious foods and traditions, in addition to over 100 parades from January 6 to Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday.
This year, thanks to the warm hospitality of the Smith family, longtime friends, I attended the Krewe of NOMTOC (New Orleans Most Talked of Club) Parade. Krewe of NOMTOC was founded in 1951 and began its parade in 1970. Over the years, it has become the most popular African American parade in Algiers on the West Bank of the Mississippi River.
I was posted up on L.B Landry Ave., around 9 am on the morning of Sat., Feb.18, which was considered late for the parade if you wanted a prime spot to see all the floats, bands, politicians, and various social organizations. Oh, and we can’t forget the beads, thrown by the hundreds to cheering revelers who came to see and be seen. There were over 26 floats and 600 riders.
Below find a few photos and video highlights of the savory food, colorful sights, and positive vibes found at this year’s Krewe of NOMTOC Parade.
To find more info about NOMTOC, go to nomtoc.com/index_files/Page1929.htm. Photos and video footage by Travis Lee.