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.


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