Although this social club was founded in 1935, the Krewe of Choctaw didn’t have their first parade until 1939 when they bought ten old mail wagons from the U.S. Government – the chassis for the first Choctaw carnival parade floats. They used the New Orleans Sanitation garage and a U.S. Naval Station warehouse as dens before moving to their lair in Algiers.
Formerly a West Bank parade, today the Krewe of Choctaw follows the traditional Uptown route in New Orleans. It rolls on the first Saturday of the carnival season. Men, women and children are welcome to join. The krewe holds events throughout the year, including the Chief Choctaw Pub Crawl, Chief’s Red Beans & Rice Dinner, Chief Choctaw’s Big Pow Wow and an annual golf tournament.