Feb 272017
 

Riders from the “Bacchus Salutes the Saints 50th” float throw beads into the crowd. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

On Sunday, Feb. 26, the Krewe of Bacchus paid homage to the New Orleans Saints, who celebrated their 50th anniversary this season. Each float highlighted different aspects of the life of the franchise so far. They had a float honoring the team’s first play, which was a kickoff returned for a touchdown by then-rookie wide receiver John Gilliam. They had a float for their 2009 Super Bowl victory, which was headed by a sculpture of quarterback Drew Brees hoisting his infant son. Bacchus also took the opportunity for a pot-shot at the rival Atlanta falcons, who blew a significant lead in this year’s Super Bowl.

 

Actor Jim Caviezel reigned as Bacchus’ king. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Bacchus had a float depicting the “Dome Patrol,” the Saints’ talented linebackers from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The “Rebirth” float depicted Steve Gleason’s blocked punt against Atlanta in the first game back in the Superdome after Katrina. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

People take photos with Steve Gleason, former Saints special teamer. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The float dedicated to the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl victory featured a sculpture of Drew Brees holding up his infant son, just like he did after their victory. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders from “Da Zebras” float throws glow sticks into the crowd. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Southern marching band parades down St. Charles avenue during the Krewe of Bacchus on Sunday, feb. 26. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The Landry Walker marching band parades down St. Charles avenue during Bacchus on Monday, Feb. 26. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

The float “First Play, First Touchdown” honored the touchdown by then-rookie wide receiver John Gilliam. Krewe of Bacchus celebrated the 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Saints NFL franchise. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

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