VIVE LE BON ESPRIT! LONG LIVE THE GOOD SPIRIT!
WE celebrated all the Good Spirits of Norman and Oklahoma!
We are grateful for their gifts and dedication to community.
2013 NMGP King and Queen, NPD Chief Keith Humphrey and
his wife Pam Humphrey, were selected for their dedication to community and
support for Women's Resource Center to prevent and end domestic violence.
Vive Le Bon Esprit!
Grand Duchess, Fran Thomas, joined the royal parade - she is the 2012 Ms. American Elegance
Sophisticate. Fran Thomas is truly an example of determination and grace. She has defied odds throughout her
life and continues to inspire us. She sings country music and is the 2012 Sooner Legends Norman Idol winner,
and has performed the National Anthem over 400 times in as many as 20 states, some would never know that Fran had
a speech impediment in her early years. Which she has used as a positive tool to helped others with similar disabilities.
Vive Le Bon Esprit!
The 19th Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade 2013 was quite the Cool Breeze!
20/29 entries, 250 +/- paticipants, some 1000+ spectators on Main, normally 4000,
and 20+ doggiegras bundled up and braved the chilly mist in Downtown Norman Feb. 9th.
Participants kept warm at the Performing Arts Studio/Santa Fe Depot with Zydeco Allstars - Victor Rook,
Armando Rivera, David Short, TZ Wright, Steve Murphy,
Jahruba Lambeth and more, including DA Gumboman's Gumbo and Jambalaya.
Carnevolve led the way with Onery Okie Youth . We are grateful so many joined the fun
downtown, including the King and Queen Our community driven NPD Chief Kieth
Humphrey and his wife, Pam. Our lovely and gracious Grand Duchess, Fran Thomas, Sooner Legends' Norman Idol winner, added a special touch
with love from OKC.
And the Winners are...
Best Lights - Sellars' Krewe
"Spirit of Kids" with the amazing lit airplane!
Best Movers and Shakers
- Paul Mitchell School of Hair Design.
- Medieval Faire Krewe (of Happy and Plenty).
Blue HAWK (Helping Animals with Kindness).
Best Music -
Norman Music Festival & The Kamals.
Chewbaccus (Sci-Fi) - Krewe of Bogus
with Ghostbuster's Marshmallow Man.
Unidentified Rolling Object
- USS Oklahoma City Submarine Replica.
- Carnevolve (circus).
Spirit of Norman
- Rivermont Retirement Community.
Fabulous Flanigan - Best Entry Overall
- Terre Verde School - a dragon, masked children, and parents OH MY!
Thank you so much for working
together and braving the cold.
NMGP 2013 was a great success.
Thank you to all our volunteers, supporters, and
sponsors. Please let them know you appreciate the parade...
Chief Humphrey ~ Rick and Joanne Sellars ~ Jill Wells ~ Amy Kercher ~
Secret Society of Onery Okie Youth ~ Carnevolve ~ Victor Rook & the Zydeco
Allstars ~ Mitzi Blackmon ~ Michelle Corr ~ Jeannie Flannigan ~ Leslie Tabor ~
Claire Malone ~ Norman Sustainabilty Network ~ Emily and Tim ~ Midway Grocery ~
Performing Arts Studio ~ City of Norman ~Mayor Rosenthal ~ Norman Police Department
~ Party Galaxy ~ Rivermont Retirement Community ~ Republic Bank
and Trust ~ Norman Arts Council ~ Downtown Association ~ Sandalwood and Sage
~ Spirit Shop ~ Norman Transcript ~ OK Gazette ~ Weekender ~ Summit Storage
~ Astrud Reed Photography ~ Create Peace, Yoga and Art Therapy ~ Sublime Signs
~ DA Gumboman, Joseph Darbon New Orleans Classic Cuisine.
Remember the ~ 20th Annual Norman Mardi Gras Parade, Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Theme: "Come Together! " ~ Beatle Mania ~ for the 50th Anniversay of the Beatles Invasion 1964.
We sincerely welcome and appreciate questions, feedback, and volunteers.
Contact the Norman Mardi Gras Krewe here...