Preview: Krewe Liverpool – The Mardi Gras Experience

A singular event in the city’s cultural calendar, Krewe Liverpool 2020 is set to shock and awe at Sefton Park Palm House.

By Shaun Ponsonby
Tue 28 January, 2020

Krewe Liverpool launch their inaugural  at the Sefton Park Palm House on Friday 7th February, with a surreal masquerade ball with music, dance, costume and carnival, as well as performances from New Orelans natives Frog & Henry, and Liverpool’s own Jubilee Stompers.

Louisiana is well-known for its Mardi Gras celebrations, with daily parades for up to two weeks ahead of Shrove Tuesday and masquerade balls.

Traditionally these festivities, balls and parades were created by social organisations known as “Krewes”, a term originally coined by The Mystic Krewe of Cosmus in 1857. This was the first to parade with themed floats down the streets of their neighbourhood for public viewing.

Early on in the tradition, the members of these Krewes were often from the wealthy elite, and all male. However, over the years it has become more inclusive, with people and today people from all walks of life come together to celebrate at the Mardi Gras parades, following a myriad of Krewes with their various themes and messages.  In 1991 a bill was passed that all Krewes must integrate.

Krewe Liverpool will follow this structure by uniting local audiences and arts organisations to present their own take on the New Orleans’ Krewe traditions.

Click here for Krewe Liverpool 2020 tickets

The participating organisations are; Merseyswing as The Kick Backs Krewe with a flapper and dapper voodoo style and the Mardi Gras colours of purple, green and gold. The Invisible Wind Factory will be presenting as the sci-fi influenced Intergalactic Krunk KreweMovema’s Krewe Movematazz will celebrate life and death in a creepy underworld carnival. Finally, The Harlequin Dynamites Ancients of Balance present black and white harlequins, Jesters, Venetian masks, perriot, and big collars.

In addition, attendees are welcome to affiliate with any of these Krewes – or perhaps even create their own, provided the Krewes remain positive and inclusive. There is no obligation to dress up, but you can visit the event’s Instagram page to find inspiration.

Food will be available from Eat Up Gud all night, with vegan options, and artwork will be displayed from Joe Farrag’s Neighborhood Gallery, formerly based in Liverpool 8, which had a cultural exchange with Liverpool’s twin city of New Orleans during the 1990s.

After the party at the Palm House, the free entry afterparty will be held at the Handyman Brewery, on Smithdown Road.

This is a singular event in the city’s cultural calendar and is almost certain to sell out.

The inaugural Krewe Liverpool takes place on Friday 7th February 2020 at Sefton Park Palm House from 6pm. Tickets are available here.

All images courtesy of Krewe Liverpool/Mellowtone.