The Krewe of Winnetka Heights again stole the show at the Mardi Gras Oak Cliff parade on Sunday and was awarded 1st Place Entry by parade organizers!
Winnetka Heights neighbors entertained thousands along the parade route with their traveling speakeasy, complete with dazzling 1920’s costumes, live music, dancing and confetti cannons.
Krewe Co-Chairs Rob and Julie Giacobbe planned and organized Winnetka Heights neighbors, enticing some with hurricanes and Saturday morning mimosas at the float build meetings over the last few weeks. Their hard work was evident on Sunday.
Neighbor Richard Fitzgerald of Triple J Construction masterfully directed the work crew and the power tools necessary to build the solid and safe structure that turned into a simple trailer into rollicking prohibition era bar along the parade route.
Dallas theater veterans Lee Jamison and Daylon Walton brought their talents to the stage on the float and charmed the crowd with their live renditions of 1920’s classics.
The highlight of the presentation came when Lee Jamison wowed the judges with a festive “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “The Charleston”, accompanied by the Krewe doing classic Charleston dance moves. The dancing quickly changed tempo to a modern beat with Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and its iconic dance moves. With a cloud of confetti exploding overhead, the crowd went wild and joined in the dancing and fun.
Oak Cliff People and the Dallas Morning News covered the parade and Winnetka Heights’ win:
Special thanks also to Chris Walters for his tireless efforts in the float build process, Mike and Angela Webb for donating the use of the their trailer and for driving the float on parade day, ABC Party Supply for allowing the Krewe to use their lot for the build (and their gracious hospitality), the Kessler Theater for its cash sponsorship, the Lonestar T’s Model T club for bringing their beautiful Model T’s to the parade (an amazing touch), the gang at Nova for their hospitality on parade day, Rob at Norcostco for his help with many of the costumes on the float, and Amy Cowan and everyone at Go Oak Cliff for putting on this wonderful showcase of Oak Cliff spirit.
The cast and crew from the Roarin’ 20’s: Steve and Candace Bossay (as Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald), Teresa Norton, McKenzie Norton-Rodriguez, Chidi Onyekanne , Tony and Maureen Brogan, Barbara Ann Roy and Pierre Lessard, Michael Merrick, Chris Walters and Bill Reyno, Patrick and Dana Lynch, Barry Binder (our bartender) and Tracie Dockwell, Janet Barter, Carol Hagler, Susan Blackburn, Sandi Adams, Graciella Montani and Claudia Montani, Paul Muniz, Phillip Granderson, Michele Colbert and Rod Djurkovic, Mike and Angela Webb, Daylon Walton and Lee Jamison, Lee Ruiz and Chris Barker, Rob and Julie Giacobbe, Donna Leiper, Holli Murray, Fernando Gonzalez, and Mike Walker.