Being so close to New Orleans, Slidell was caught by the Mardi Gras fever. Slidell, surprisingly, has five of its own unique krewes: Perseus, Mona Lisa and Moon Pie, Titans, Dionysus, and Selene. Besides these major parades, there was the Krewe of Claude and the Krewe of Paws. The Krewe of Paws was Slidell's first dog parade.
The Mona Lisa and Moon Pie is one of the local favorite parades. You won't find the big floats like in the other parades. This walking krewe takes place in Old Town Slidell has their own costumes, four brass bands, and its pushcart floats. Their signature throw is the Moonpie.
The Krewe of Titans is new to Slidell for 2011. Businessmen of Slidell wanted to have their own night parade, and thus the Titans were born. These ten floats had the WWE Wrestling Superstars as their grand marshals, and had the New Orleanian meterologist, Carl Arredondo, as their celebrity for the parade.
Dionysus was started in 1985 by businessmen who wanted to bring a male parade to the Northshore, and have been riding for 26 years in 2011.
The most famous parade in Slidell is Selene, the all-women night krewe that will have you leaving with at least four more bags than you started with. They have over 500 members. Their signature throw is the lighted medallions and wands, fleur de lis beads, and plush animals. New for this year will be the two dune buggy groups. Selene will be rolling Friday March 4, 2011, at 6:30pm.