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|KREWE COMING THROUGH HAMMOND FEBRUARY 27
HAMMOND -- Hammond’s Krewe
of Omega Mardi Gras parade, which was founded by a Southeastern Louisiana
University fraternity, will wind through the city from the university
and back again on Thursday, February 27.
Parading under the theme “Reflections
of the past,” the carnival caravan will be led by Southeastern football
players, the university’s Lionettes dance team and Lions head football
coach Hal Mumme and his wife, June.
“This is the first time a Southeastern
representative has served as Grand Marshall,” said Joyce Smith, Omega’s
captain. Mumme is reviving Southeastern football program, which last played
in the university’s Strawberry Stadium in 1985. Formerly, he was head coach
at the University of Kentucky, where he led the Wildcats to back-to-back
Smith said the parade will line
up at the University Center and begin its trek at 6 p.m. In addition to
11 professional floats, Omega also will include a prince and princess float,
many local entries, high school bands, community dance groups and a contingent
Smith said krewe members’ “tons
of beautiful beads” will include the Omega’s own medallion beads
featuring mascot “Aligraw,” and 2003 theme cups.
The parade will begin and end
at the University Center. The route will take it down General Pershing
to Dakota, right on Railroad Ave., left on Charles, right on North Cherry,
right on East Thomas, right on Magnolia, right on Dakota, left on North
Oak, left on University Ave.
Prior to Thursday night’s parade,
the Krewe of Omega will trek from the north to the south end of Tangipahoa
Parish, honoring each city and toasting each mayor. The krewe will also
perform a halftime “second line” during the Sweet 16 girls state basketball
tournament. The performance will take place at 6:30 p.m. on March 3.
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