Krewe of BOO! Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off Date

Krewe of BOO! Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off this Saturday
Outdoor event in Spanish Plaza features 20 Mardi Gras Dance Krewes,
Monster B-Boys break crew, music and giveaways
Event:                                                      Krewe of BOO! Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off
Date:                                                     Saturday, June 1
Time:                                                        2-6 p.m.
Venue:                                                   Spanish Plaza, 2 Canal St. at The Riverwalk, New Orleans

The Krewe of BOO’s Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off Fueled by Monster Energy Drink will feature dance performances by more than 20 Mardi Gras Dance Krewes, music, giveaways and special performances by the “Monster BBoys” break crew  from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday at Spanish Plaza, 2 Canal St., at The Riverwalk in the New Orleans Arts District.
Former New Orleans Saints Offensive Tackle Zach Strief, owner of Port Orleans Brewing Company, will be celebrity judge of the competition and prominent New Orleans attorney Stephen Rue will emcee.
The Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off is hosting a Halloween costume drive to benefit Ween Dream, a national nonprofit founded in New Orleans that was created to ensure all children have a Halloween costume. The event is the creation of Krewe of Boo!, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras-style parade at Halloween, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 19.
Participating dance krewes include Amelia EarHawts, Camel Toe Lady Steppers, Crescent City Fae, Disco Amigos, Lucha Krewe, Mande Milkshakers, MKFF’s Cherchez La Femme, Muff-A-Lottas, NOLA Bombshells, NOLA Cherry Bombs, NOLA Nyxettes, Organ Grinders, Oui Dats, Pussyfooters, Rolling Elvi, Roux La La, Sirens, Tap Dat and more. The Halfway to Halloween Dance-Off is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Founded in 2007, Krewe of BOO! 2019 will feature more than 500 riders on 16 floats and more than 30 marching krewes. Krewe of BOO! 2019 events include a Royal Luncheon and Second Line to Pat O’Brien’s for the Krewe of Boo’s Cocktail Happy Hour on Friday, Oct. 18, and a morning Zombie Run, the Krewe of Boo! parade and a Monster Mash After Party on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The Krewe of BOO! parade starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Marigny and rolls through the French Quarter to the Warehouse District. The Monster Mash After Party takes place at Generations Hall, 301 Andrew Higgins Blvd. With an aim to reduce parade waste that ends up in landfills, parade throws include New Orleans-made food items and collectible objects that parade goers can consume or keep as mementos.
The third annual New Orleans Zombie Run is a two-mile zombie-infested race through the New Orleans Arts/Warehouse District, beginning and ending at Lucy’s Retired Surfer Bar & Restaurant, 701 Tchoupitoulas St.

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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