In 1965, a group of friends were having lunch at The Galley Restaurant across from the Covington Courthouse. Among them were Lietenant Colonel Earl Wilson, Warring Illing, Senior Pharmaceutical Sales Manager, H.M. “Ollie” Olson, a Delta Airline Pilot, and James Heinritz, a local insurance agent. At the time, Colonel Wilson was president of the Chamber of Commerce.
It was shortly after Mardi Gras, and the conversation turned to the Lions Club Parade on Mardi Gras morning in Covington. Colonel Wilson commented that many St. Tammay residents in rural areas probably had never seen a “New Orleans Style” parade, adding “wouldn’t it be great to bring one to the community?” By the end of the meeting, plans for the formation of the Krewe of Olympia were made.
The Mystick Krewe of Olympia Parade is this Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 6 p.m.
The City of Covington welcomes all parade-goers this Mardi Gras season. In an effort to provide a pleasant and enjoyable experience, the City would like to remind visitors of parking regulations as designated in Covington Code of Ordinances, Section 86-40 – Public Safety:
(g) Parking shall be prohibited along any parade route within the first 25 feet of any intersection, any neutral ground, or as properly posted. Also, the distance of parked vehicles off the edge of the roadway shall be a minimum of four (4) feet.
(h) There shall be no parking on the parade route to secure preferred parking more than 36 hours prior to the scheduled parade or 24 hours after the conclusion, postponement, or cancellation of any scheduled parade, or as properly posted.
In observance to parade parking regulations, vehicles may park prior to the parade as follows:
Krew of Olympia parade parking may begin on Friday, February 14 at 6:00 a.m.
As a reminder to those participating in the Mardi Gras festivities, please make sure to lock your vehicles and place your belongings in a safe, secure and concealed location of your automobile. The Covington Police Department will be at full force during these times to assure that our residents and visitors have a safe, fun-filled Mardi Gras.
*Route Change applies to the 2020 Carnival Season.*
With the new carnival season amongst us, The Covington Police Department would like to announce changes to the Krewe of Olympia Parade Route.
This year the parade will not go down W. 15th Avenue as it has in previous years. This year it will travel South on Jefferson Ave, and turn right at West 14th Avenue and travel to South Tyler St., making a right.
The reason the parade will not travel down West 15th Avenue because the 15th Avenue Bridge is currently under repair. Please see the map with the new parade route.