Two Jewish groups marched as part of the Krewe du Vieux parade in New Orleans on Feb. 11. This was the first parade since Hurricane Katrina, and drew much larger crowds than normal despite cold temperatures.

Krewe du Jieux, which now "wanders" after a split with the Krewe du Mishagos. Six Jieux joined the Krewe of K.A.O.S. as the "Wandering Jieux," handing out blue shingles made from matzah. Elliott Raisen, the only 10-year marcher with the Jieux, was named King of the Jieux this year:


Krewe du Mishagos, formerly named Krewe du Jieux, marched as Nola's Ark, complete with blue tarp roofs. The krewe had to import bagels for its coveted keepsakes, and also handed out Nola's Ark medallions and satirical business cards:

Handing out throws to the large crowds

Tracy Helms-Capasso holds a coveted bagel while hitching a ride on back of the float.

Diane Lundeen and Rikki Nitzkin model the latest in blue tarp fashions, with duct-tape ribbons, as two of this year's DebJewtantes. Lundeen commented that "it's hard to find a small size in blue tarp."

When full-size bagels were not readily available, the Krewe relied on smaller ones.

John Valentino and Ellen Steigman were the royalty for the Mishagos this year.


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