Jan 22nd, 2010 by mardigras
The Krewe of Brid, a Lakeview carnival marching club, pays homage to the city’s streets with its 2010 theme “Pothole Patrol.” Brid will march at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29. The route begins on Milne at Conrad (near Mount Carmel Academy), heads south to Harrison Avenue, then turns east on Harrison Avenue to end at Gen. Haig (near the site of Hynes Elementary).
The krewe is named in honor of three ancient Celtic goddesses each named Brid. Three local women have been selected to represent the Three Brids:
- Melanie Ehrlich, Brid of the Forge – Goddess of Strength and Justice. Dr. Ehrlich is a professor of genetics, whose Tulane Medical School lab does research on muscular dystrophy and cancer. She is the founder of CHAT – Citizens’ Road Home Action Team. By successfully advocating for many improvements in the Road Home PRogram, CHAT has helped thousands of Louisianaians rebuild their homes.
- Stephanie Bruno, Brid of the Spirit – Goddess of Arts and Letter. Stephanie is a champion of New Orleans’ neighborhoods. She writes a weekly series in the Times-Picayune spotlighting the cultural and architectural features of our neighborhoods. Stephanie has dedicated her energy and spirit to preserving our traditions for future generations.
- Laura LeBon, Brid of the Hearth – Goddess of Home & Hearth Laura is mother of two boys and an architect. She was caught mid-move from Old Metairie into West Lakeview when the levees failed in 2005. Laura rebuilt both homes, and volunteered for the Gulf Coast Information Center and CHAT. She is currently working on the Dream City community center, which will provide a safe environment for at-risk youth in the Greater New Orleans area to learn and play.
Krewe members will be dressed in construction worker outfits, each customized with a feminine flair for fun. Other groups marching with Brid this year include crowd favorites Egg Yolk Jubilee Music Band, McTeggart Irish Dancers of Louisiana, and the Big Easy RollerGirls. Special guests are the 610 Stompers – New Orleans’ newest all-male dance troupe.
Krewe of Brid’s third annual after party, “Party with the Goddess,” starts at 9 p.m. The party features dancing, food, and Golden Goddess cocktails and burlesque dancers. Tickets are $15 at the door.