On the night of December 21, 1984, a Carnival Parade was born. The idea originated at a Christmas Party at Dr. & Mrs. Guy Otwell’s home. It was there that the Robeau’s told a few friends about their idea of celebrating Mardi Gras in Port Allen.
Three weeks later, charter members gathered at the Robeau’s home for the first meeting. The members decided that the parade was to be held annually the Sunday before Mardi Gras followed immediately afterward by a block party. Because its members were to consist only of friends living in the Oaks area of Port Allen, the parade was christened “The Krewe of Good Friends on the Oaks”
From its humble beginning of eight members, the organization has grown to over one hundred in membership. Many innovations have taken place. Some of these past items included a decorations committee to hang Mardi Gras flags along our route, judges for the three prize floats, a band eager for the block party and so forth.
Although we have special boundary lines and a definite route mapped out for our parade, the friendship and revelry know no bounds. Every year this designated Sunday proves to be a day of “Let the good times roll”.
Excerpts from letter written in 1994
by Mrs. Louise (Fertitta) Latino
Past Grand Marshal – 1989
Past Queen – 1992