Born in the 1980's, the Krewe of Oak is a real Mardi Gras krewe, holding a parade on the Friday before Mardi Gras. Once is not enough, however. Another parade is held on the last Saturday in August. Not many people, even natives, know about this fun event.
"Outrageous And Kinky":
The Krewe of O.A.K, Outrageous And Kinky, unlike the vast majority of parade krewes, is a neighborhood group. The summer parade begins on Oak Street at the Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans, and runs along streets in the Carrollton area. Don't expect to see the usual Mardi Gras parade floats. The floats in O.A.K's parade fit its name. They are mostly decorated golf carts. But, there's always a brass band marching along. This is not a spectator sport, so, wear a costume and join in the parade.
The parade begins at the Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak Street, at 9:00 p.m. It will stop at neighborhood bars, including Snake and Jake's Christmas Club Lounge. The pre-party is at the Oak Street Cafe 8140 Oak Street starting about 6pm.
The ball follows the parade at the Maple Leaf, at around midnight. There is a cover charge to get into the bar and attend the ball, but that includes beer and food. The tickets to the ball, however, are now available only from krewe members. Many guests are costumed, although in very unconventional ball attire. This is really a mini, mock Mardi Gras, in the best New Orleans neighborhood tradition.