Jun 162016
 
City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The courtyard of Dat Dog on Freret Street will be named the official gathering place for the Krewe of Freret in a dedication ceremony today that will also serve as a membership drive for the krewe and a fundraiser for the Son of a Saint organization.

City Councilman Jason Williams will preside over the dedication ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Thursday, June 16) in the courtyard at the restaurant at 5030 Freret Street. Memorabilia from both the current parade and its previous incarnation will be permanently displayed in the courtyard after the event, and anyone who donates beads on behalf of Son of a Saint will receive a free drink.

For more details, see the full news release from the Krewe of Freret:

Dat Dog is announcing the dedication of their Freret Street restaurant’s outdoor courtyard in honor of the Krewe of Freret parade, her members, and the incredible Freret community that have assisted the remarkable revitalization of the parading organization. The momentous dedication will be hosted by Jason Williams, New Orleans City Council President and past King of Freret, on June 16th from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at 5030 Freret Street.

Members of the New Orleans community are invited to this free public ceremony, where they may also take advantage of discounted riding membership offers for the upcoming February 18th, 2017 parade. The dedication will consist of a proclamation and sign reveal at 7:00 PM, along with a raffle give-away at 7:45 PM and happy hour prices along with Freret freebies throughout the evening.

Long-term, the venue will be utilized as the official Krewe meeting space in the heart of the Freret community, allowing a daily visible presence and playing host to a variety of events including new member meetings and throw-decoration parties.

Guests are invited to bring memorabilia from the original Krewe as well as the new Krewe for potential permanent display in the courtyard. Further, anyone that donates recycled beads for the Son of a Saint organization, Krewe of Freret’s chosen philanthropy, will receive a free drink!

“We’re nearly halfway to Mardi Gras and we continue to work hard as a Krewe to plan what we expect to be another great parade” said Bobby Hjortsberg, captain of the Krewe of Freret. “We can’t thank Dat Dog enough for their ongoing support of our young and developing organization.” “We look forward to making this our new home on Freret Street!”

“It is exciting to see the Krewe of Freret get a permanent home on Freret Street. The greatest assets of New Orleans are the people of New Orleans. It is inspiring to see young leaders and businesses working together to help our city reach its fullest potential.” – Jason Williams, City Council President

“Dat Dog is extremely proud of what The Krewe of Freret represents, and we are happy to dedicate our one of a kind Freret St. courtyard to the Krewe for social events. We will continue to foster a great relationship between Dat Dog and this young Krewe, and look forward to continue to aid in the revitalization of the Freret St. corridor,” stated Jerry Reese, Director of Franchise Development for Dat Dog.

The public is invited to partake in the dedication event with Grand Marshall Dancing Man 504 and Councilman Jason Williams from 6:00 to 8:00PM on Thursday, June 16th, 2016.

Riding Membership for the 2017 parade is available and the most affordable that Freret has ever offered, with riding dues currently offered at the discounted rate of $450. Prospective riders may learn more and enjoy this discounted riding membership offer at the courtyard dedication event.

The Krewe of Freret was established by seven Loyola graduates in late 2011 as a co-ed social organization that supports local industry, conducts service events that benefit the city at large, and preserves/enhances the longevity of the Mardi Gras tradition. The Krewe of Freret unifies the city’s enthusiastic young professionals and infuses new vigor into the Mardi Gras season while celebrating the continued revitalization of the Freret corridor. Learn more at http://www.KreweOfFreret.org.

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