Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Cork celebrates food, wine and fun with a spirited walking parade through the French Quarter eleven days before Mardi Gras. Krewe members wear costumes with a wine-related theme, toss throws bearing their grape logo, and are accompanied along their route by wine police in golf carts (the wine police motto is “To serve and pour”). The parade’s Grand Marshal is a different vintner ever year, and the krewe stops in front of selected hotel restaurants for toasts. After the procession ends, the wine continues to flow at the “King and Queen Libation Ball.”
In addition to the parade, krewe members gather on the first Friday of each month at area restaurants for T.G.I.C.D. (Thank Goodness It’s Cork Day.) They also participate in the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience Royal Street Stroll, and enjoy wine dinners and other special occasions, such as road trips and wine tastings.
- The Krewe of Cork will begin on Royal Street between St. Peter Street and Toulouse Street in New Orleans.
- The parade will follow Royal Street southwestward to Bienville Street.
- The krewe will proceed northwest on Bienville for one block to turn northeast on Bourbon Street.
- The parade will follow Bourbon Street to St. Ann Street, where it will turn southeast.
- From St. Ann, the parade will turn southwest down Chartres Street.
- At St. Peter Street, the parade will turn northwest and proceed to Royal Street.
- Once the parade has turned southwest down Royal Street, it will proceed to Conti Street.
- The krewe will turn northwest and finish the parade on Conti between Royal Street and Bourbon Street.