The Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks takes over Port Allen

PORT ALLEN, La. (BRPROUD) – The Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks has been creating a lifelong tradition for many neighborhoods in the city of Port Allen.

This year marks their 40th year creating memories. The theme was “Game Night in the Oaks.” Many of the krewe members have been around since the very beginning and are happy with how big it has grown.

“Since it started in 1985 and I joined in 1986. That was back in the day when we just went around the boulevard with wagons and boats and things and it’s grown to this,” said krewe member Becky Leblanc.

The parade was meant to bring neighborhoods together for a good time. For some, that was from the comfort of their homes and driveways. Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks Board President Ashley Montagnino said that their main goal is to always aim for a family-friendly atmosphere.

“Our atmosphere is very family-friendly, we’re very low cost to enter the parade. We have great bands, area floats from all over and it’s just a family-friendly community atmosphere,” said Montagnino.

Many local bands from all over, including Baker High and local dance teams, were able to participate in the fun this year.

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There were contests to see who had the best-decorated float, with the Willy Wonka-themed float winning first place. They were able to ride front and center to show off their amazing float design. Along with the first-place winner, there were other beautiful and uniquely decorated floats, all standing out from one another. The biggest winner of all was the fun that was had at the parade.

Mardi Gras is always seen as a time for family bonding, and a lot of bead-catching. Many families traveled from other cities to do both at this parade.

“We have so many grabs and throws, we are so excited and happy to be a part of this community,” said parade goer Dr. Felicia Young.

The Krewe of Good Friends of the Oaks is a model example of what it is to be a good friend to others and to constantly bring fun and infectious good energy to the neighborhood.

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