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Krewe of Freret

  • Location: Uptown
  • Neighborhood: Garden District/Uptown
  • Event Host: Krewe of Freret
  • Admission Price: Free
  • More Info: Visit Event Website

The Krewe of Freret is a New Orleans based co-ed krewe that with a focus on preserving Mardi Gras tradition, supporting local businesses and conducting service events that benefit the city.

The Krewe of Freret is not a new krewe, they paraded for more than 40 years until the mid-1990’s. 2014 was their first Mardi Gras parade since the 90’s.

They parade down the traditional Uptown parade route down St. Charles Avenue. Originally the krewe paraded down Freret Street behind the Loyola Field house, which is now the gym/parking garage. The original Krewe was captained by Nash Barreca, with the den located at his family’s Freret Street restaurant, Frank’s Steakhouse.

The resurgence of Krewe Of Freret started in 2011 with seven Loyola graduates who “lamented the notion of squandering hard earned money to join a formal krewe where they knew virtually no one and would have limited input.” Instead of joining an existing krewe, they decided to form their own and provide New Orleans with a world class Mardi Gras parade.