THE WALTER ANDERSON MARDI GRAS EXPERIENCE
Krewe Du Canoe is inspired by Walter Anderson's passion for adventure and his wilderness travels by skiff and canoe. It celebrates the connectivity between his birth city of New Orleans and his home town of Ocean Springs; and honors the role of the archetypal boat in human culture, history, and imagination.
The Krewe is also a vehicle for cultivating the community support that propels the Museum into the future.
MEET THE CAPTAIN: ROBERT ST. JOHN
Robert St. John was born and raised in Hattiesburg, MS, Robert St. John is a restaurateur, author, philanthropist, and international travel guide, fueled by his mission to create community and serve others.
For float riders, a throw packet comes with your ticket. You may purchase additional packets through the front desk or on our website. Packets are limited so please purchase ahead of time.
Please remember that our krewe is changing up some of the culture of Mardi Gras and opting for eco-friendly throws. NO BEADS. Please adhere to our “Approved Throws” list or purchase a throw packet through the museum. Packets are limited while supplies last.
If you would like to purchase your own throws, please adhere to this list:
Individually packaged snacks or candy
Small toys/stuffed animals
Mini art supplies
Handmade art (small paintings, ornaments, jewelry)
COSTUME + THEME
Our Krewe theme channels Walter Anderson's fascination with seafarers and explorers, such as "The Odyssey", "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner", and the 1699 French landing—all of which he depicts in his art. It also includes the creatures of the ocean, the swamp, and the deep—everything from dolphins to Moby Dick—that captured Walter's imagination.
See examples below:
FREE COSTUME WORKSHOPS
To get ready for the parade, we’re creating wearable boats, masks, hats, and costuming for our Krewe revelers. Drop on by and join us in the studio to make your own creation, or to contribute to one of our projects already in process. You’ll be helping to populate the streets of Ocean Springs with creatures, ships, and waves for the Krewe du Canoe’s first ride!
Interested in joining our free workshops?
PRICING + INFORMATION
Elks Day Parade: Saturday, January 27 at 1PM
The parade route is approximately 2 miles. We will have a follow truck/trailer to allow for folks to take a respite from walking, and to store water and refreshments. You may also decide to bring a wagon to pull personal throws or small children.
*Additional throw packets and After Party tickets are available for purchase.
After Party Information
After Party starts at 3PM in the WAMA Art Garden.
Live music by Brass Daddies.
Dinner is from 4-6PM and will be catered by Food, Booze, Hiccups.
What's on the menu? Gumbo, Fried Catfish, Salad, French Bread. Assorted beer, soft drinks, tea, water, and lemonade available and included with your ticket.
The After Party is family-friendly!
Your official Krewe du Canoe t-shirts will be available for pickup at the party.