Krewe du Vieuxxx Rated

Hoping to XXX out at least a few of the bad guys and bad memories, the extroverts, extremists, extra-terrestrials, expendables, sexplorers and sexperts of Krewe du Vieux will take to the streets of the Marigny, French Quarter and CBD on Saturday, January 23 at 6:00 PM (coming early this year). Spectators are advised to exercise extreme caution as exuberant exhibitionists


extort exotic exfoliations of their extremities. Bouncing into the role of Queen this year will be hip-hop artist, reality TV star and transgender rights advocate Big Freedia. The Queen Diva will bring pizzazz, razzamatazzle and lots of azz to jazz up the crowd.

Big Freedia to Bounce
Into Queen’s Role

BABYLON ON THE BAYOU – If we weren’t on the verge of World War III, all the XXX shit going on all over the planet might actually be funny.
The presidential election cycle, which feels like it began in antediluvian times (also the source of many Republican candidates’ campaign platforms), produced an exxxcess of media coverage and hot air. Among the more notable developments, Donald Trump received the ISIS “Recruiter of the Year” award. Ben Carson proved you don’t have to be a politician to be a brain surgeon. Ted Cruz proved you don’t need a brain to be a politician. Chris Christie kept finding his route to the nomination blocked off. A bunch of other guys are also clucking and squawking for the nomination, AKA “the Colonel Panders Award”.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders distinguished himself as the only gun-rights-apologist flaming liberal in history. And Hillary Clinton forced so many smiles that she had to rub her sore jaw muscles with Ben-Gayzhi.


Despite campaigning his Indian-American ass off, LA Governor Bobby “Bombay” Gin-doll never rose above a tie with Joe the Plumber at slightly less than one percent in the Republican presidential polls, running several points behind “Anybody But Bobby Jindal”. Rumor has it he has quit the race.
The Louisiana governor’s election had a Vittersweet ending: not only did Diva David get pummeled by the voters, he announced he won’t run for re-erection to the Senate in two years. Clearly the Bel has tolled for him

A Man of Many Queens

S/he was born Freddie Ross, and raised by typical New Orleans parents in a typical Uptown neighborhood. Like so many of our city’s musical stars, s/he got her first taste of musical performing in the gospel choir at the Baptist church – and in a sign of things to come, becoming choir director by age eighteen.
Shortly thereafter, typical went on an extended vacation, and gender bending, barrier breaking and booty shaking took up residence.
Little Freddie became Big Freedia: Queen Diva, Queen of Bounce and now Queen of Krewe du Vieux!
Even as our merry monarch was doing the gospel thing, other influences were at play. Her mother loved the Motown sound, and Queen Freedia got way into hip-hop. Her life took a turn, however, when she heard her first bounce recording. Bounce is the uniquely New Orleans take on hip-hop, and our divine duchess knew immediately that this was her calling.
While it may seem that Queen Freedia has burst on the scene recently, there are no real overnight sensations in any musical genre, and the queen has worked (and shaken) her azz off to be successful. However, the hard work has really paid off in the last two years, as the Big Freedia and the Divas show has performed coast to coast to huge crowds and rave reviews.
On top of that, our camera-friendly queen is starring in a reality TV show; has released a well-received video game, “Booty Battle”; and is working on a new album, a Bounce dance instruction DVD and a memoir. We’re thrilled that she can squeeze in the time to be KdV Queen!

Jim Aiken
Big Freedia

On top of that, our camera-friendly queen is starring in a reality TV show; has released a well-received video game, “Booty Battle”; and is working on a new album, a Bounce dance instruction DVD and a memoir. We’re thrilled that she can squeeze in the time to be KdV Queen!
While the success is wonderful, there have been challenges along the way. Life as a gay black man – and a flamboyantly transgender one at that – opens one up to a lot of negativity. For Queen Freedia, the answer was to meet these challenges head on, and she has become a determined advocate for equality.
Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in her music. Her appeal crosses normal lines of bounce to attract a diverse crowd; she plays at a wide variety of venues and festivals, with audiences young and old, gay and straight, and truly rainbow in color.
Now her reign as Queen of Krewe du Vieux will bring her to yet another new crowd. With her creative, dramatic personality and fabulous fashions, our colorful queen is a natural among the outfits and misfits of the Krewe.
So on January 23, bounce on down to the parade route and start shaking your azz. There’s a force of nature coming your way, and you want to be there to experience it.



Krewe du Vieux Doo Saturday, January 23
Doors open 9:00 PM

CIVIC THEATER 510 O’Keefe Avenue

featuring in order of appearance

George Porter Jr.
The Runnin’ Pardners

with special guest

Walter Wolfman Washington

Available from Krewe du Vieux members






The Krewe du Vieux’s seventeen subkrewes will each present their own interpretations of the theme. Subkrewes include the Krewe of C.R.U.D.E., Krewe of Space Age Love, Krewe of Underwear, Seeds of Decline, Krewe of Mama Roux, Krewe of L.E.W.D., Krewe of Drips and Dis- charges, Krewe of K.A.O.S., Knights of Mondu, T.O.K.I.N., Krewe Rue Bourbon, Krewe de C.R.A.P.S., Mystic Krewe of Spermes, Mystic Krewe of Comatose, Mystic Krewe of Inane, Krewe du Mishigas, and Krewe of sPANk.

Also marching will be many of the city’s top brass bands. Showcasing the local brass band talent is one of many Krewe du Vieux traditions not eligible for coverage under the health care reform bill.