Mardi Gras may be over, but there’s a parade heading to campus on Friday (March 28) in honor of Tulane University President Scott Cowen.
The parade is one of the featured events scheduled during the Great Scott! party from 4 to 7 p.m. on the Lavin-Bernick Center Quad.
“The parade will be the most exciting part of the event because we’ve never done anything like this on campus,” says Aryanna Gamble, marketing and communications coordinator and Great Scott! planning committee member. “We wanted to plan something really grand to match his tenure, which was also grand.”
Commemorative sunglasses, cups, t-shirts and soft footballs are among the throws up for grabs.
In addition to six parade floats, the parade also will feature stilt walkers, the Tulane University Marching Band, Tulane cheerleaders, Shockwave dancers and the Roots of Music Band.
Cowen will ride in the parade.
A social media contest
is currently under way to select 20 people who will ride atop the parade floats — some alongside Cowen. Winners will be notified by Wednesday (March 26).
Anne Baños, chief of staff and vice president who led the party planning committee, says the event is possible because of gracious donors who also were eager to celebrate the work of Cowen.
"We are so grateful to the donors who are underwriting the cost of the party,” says Baños. “They, like us, want to celebrate Scott's 16 wonderful years at Tulane and what better way than with a parade and lots of great food!"
The Tulane community is invited to enjoy free food and live music provided by Kermit Ruffins. Beer will be available for purchase.
The parade route begins at Freret Street, turns down McAlister Way and ends at Drill Road and Willow Street. Freret Street at Broadway will be closed to traffic for approximately two hours beginning at 4 p.m.