Krewe of Freret Revitalized

Krewed In

Group of Grads Seeks to Revitalize Krewe of Freret’s Spot on Carnival Calendar

by Ryan Sparks for NOLA Defender, February 1, 2012

It’s been almost 20 years since the Krewe of Freret last rode through the neighborhood. But thanks to a fledgling group of young men taking cues from the Uptown corridor’s commercial revitalization, a new parade may once again roll behind a banner baring that name.

Freret used to assemble outside the old Loyola fieldhouse, so it’s perhaps fitting that seven young Tulane and Loyola grads are the ones seeking to mobilize the spirit of the revitalized neighborhood.  While at this point the new KoF is just a party and a prayer, they went from blank slate to a full roster in just over two months, and they’re hoping the fast growth will lead their banner to the streets again.

Greg Rhoades, a local photographer and president of the krewe, says the majority of the new members are in their 20’s and 30’s and have some kind of a tie with Loyola or Tulane and their storied watering holes, and others are neighborhood business owners. Still others “represent the businesses in some fashion, while others have plans laid out for new businesses along the street in 2012.  Professions range from local musicians to large-scale festival founders, from law students to law partners, and from firefighters to fire starters,” Rhoades said.