We are learning more about the canceling of the Krewe of Kolossos 4th of July Boat Regatta on Bayou St. John.
We reported earlier that the founder of the popular boat parade, artist Katrina Brees, told nola.com that the symbolism seems off-base since the election of President Donald Trump. “When I think about wearing my flag dress and waving flags; I don’t know what it means this year,” she sai
She also told nola.com that the Trump-targeted lampooning she saw in Mardi Gras parades this year didn’t brighten her spirits.
But there is more to the story. The Advocate reports the parade has been canceled because of increasingly large crowds and the mess the parade goers often leave behind.
The situation has led to complaints from nearby residents, who are upset not only by the garbage but also by the use of illegal fireworks in the hours after the boat parade ends according to The Advocate.
The Advocate reports a member of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association’s advisory board who asked not to be named said his organization had no problem with the boat regatta but did have complaints about people not associated with the Krewe of Kolossos leaving behind trash and also shooting off fireworks illegally in the city limits.
While Brees told nola.com the election of Donald Trump soured her on this year’s parade it turns out there is more to the story.
The parade had been running for five years but it looks like last year will be its final run.
Dan Fagan is a former television news reporter, journalism professor, newspaper columnist, and radio talk show host. He grew up in New Orleans and currently lives there. He is a regular contributor for The Hayride. If you have a news tip for Mr. Fagan you can reach him at [email protected] or 504-458-2542.