A New Addition to the Carnival Scene: The Laissez Boys

The Laissez Boys

When you’ve lived in NOLA your entire life, it’s easy to become a bit jaded or blase about the sites at Mardi Gras.

Floats? We’re impressed when they get bigger and better and the addition of LED lighting to the night parades is now expected rather than being the novelty it was a few years ago.

Beads? No longer content with a long strand, we want giant, honking big beads that blink.

We are much more inclined to get excited about a clever addition to the line-ups than about a new throw (think 610 Stompers, my favorite marching group).

So, as we were watching the Krewe of Tucks and saw a group of nattily attired gentleman sipping cocktails while rolling down the street in motorized recliners, it really caught the attention of everyone around us, locals and tourists alike. With background music from famous crooners and lounge acts, the smoking jackets, the pop-up bars…it was fabulous!

The Laissez Boys rolling in the Krewe of Tucks, 2013

“Who ARE these guys?”

“Why didn’t I think of that?”

“THAT is how you roll in a parade!”

Laissez Boy in Krewe of Tucks, 2013

Imaginative, clever, innovative and flat out the best thing I saw all weekend.

Here’s a video direct from the camera of one of the Laissez Boys as they rolled along St. Charles Avenue

Happy Mardi Gras!

6 Responses to “A New Addition to the Carnival Scene: The Laissez Boys”

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  1. Janmes says:

    Where can I purchase a Laissez electric recliner ? Would love to own one.

    • Lisa says:

      Janmes, I’m pretty sure these are all custom made. Sorry, I don’t know who did them!

    • Brandon Robichaux says:

      I built one better than those over ten years ago…mine actually had air ride system on it as well that would drop to the ground and rise up by pushing a button

  2. Brandon Robichaux says:

    Love the hover round recliners that the carnival organization is using in the parade it’s a shame they taking credit for an idea and build I did over ten years ago…mine had stereo on it with flip up arm rest with cooler inside arm rest…step your game up..
    Old news old build
    Please keep things fresh

  3. Gil says:

    I have been talking about riding these chairs in our Shriner Unit. Any info on how to build or chairs for sale would be greatly appreciated.

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