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The Krewe of Bilge boat parade in Slidell, LA is next weekend

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The Krewe of Bilge boat parade will begin February 15, 2014 at noon. The theme of the parade will be "The Big Easy."

More than thirty boats will start from Phil's Marina Wharf and end at The Dock of Slidell. The best views along the parade route are at The Dock of Slidell off Lakeview Drive, along Highway 11 at Michael's Restaurant, The Landing, and Tooloula's, and on the east side of the parade route at the firehouse on Marina Drive.

The parade began in 1978 with only a handful of residents who decorated their boats, but the parade did not select a king until 1981 and a queen until 1986. The krewe now has over four hundred members. Beads, plastic cups, and stuffed animals are thrown from the boats. Sometimes crawfish are thrown to the people standing along the canal route.

This parade kicks off the carnival season, which is followed by he official Mardi Gras.

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