Metairie Krewe Scraps Mardi Gras Parade

Metairie Krewe Scraps Mardi Gras Parade

POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 10:59am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm

METAIRIE, La. (AP) - Metairie's Krewe of Rhea has canceled its 2010 Carnival parade on Feb. 7, Super Bowl Sunday.

Rhea captain Anna Marie Soto told The Times-Picayune Wednesday that krewe members felt turnout would be low, whether the 8-0 New Orleans Saints are in the game or not. They expect turnout to be zero if the Saints are indeed playing.

Rhea normally rolls in the early afternoon of the Sunday that falls more than a week before Mardi Gras and has been parading on Veterans Memorial Boulevard since 1969. Soto said she worked with Jefferson Parish officials to find another date in 2010, but the only options were evening time slots that didn't appeal to krewe members because the event includes families with children.