“There’s No Place Like Home”
Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association
Methodist Dallas Medical Center
Our judges agreed that Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association once again reigned supreme in everything from costumes, grandeur, detail, and a boat load of participants. The float could have just as easily been in the Macy’s Parade (seriously, it was that good). What we missed, though, was Mardi Gras! There were no beads flying on Bishop Avenue for the crowds that awaited the Grand Champions from 2012 and 2013.
We thank Winnetka Heights for always putting on a great show! So much time and effort obviously went into their production, and we look forward to seeing what they come up with for Mardi Gras Oak Cliff 2016: Everything is SUPER! (It’s on Super Bowl Sunday in 2016!)
And, after much deliberation, we have agreed that we should add a couple of Honorable Mentions and acknowledgments for some amazing entries who also knocked it out of the park on Sunday.
Bacchabilly by the Social Club and Pleasure Krewe: A double-decker float, live music, beads! The energy was contagious! This krewe built their float on the side of Davis, just next to El Si Hay and Bolsa. It was great fun watching it come together, and it didn’t disappoint!
Tyler Street Art Insurgents: Eclectic, fun, great music, and an overall awesome ride. We look forward to watching this krewe grow!
JD Trees: The design, the music, and the art bus were all fantastically done.
Kickin’ Brass Band: They brought the true New Orleans spirit to the parade! What’s not to love about a great horn section and a lady on the bass drum. Bonus: they even circled back around and played for the crowd for the rest of the parade!
The World Famous Free Wheelie-ing Elvi: Their look is similar no matter which parade you find them in, but the crowd always loves and remembers the Elvi!
West Davis Dental & the Dallas Zoo: Both did a great job using their entry to promote their businesses but with great floats that maintained the celebratory vibe of the day.
West Kessler Neighborhood Association: The DeLorean might be the most photographed entry into the parade!
There were many, many other incredible entries. The Basement Gallery’s Arti-Gras float was incredibly artistic and well done. We might even hire them to build us one next year! The students from Sunset High School have really shined year after year in this parade, but the added pizzaz of dancing drum majors won our hearts over!
We couldn’t be prouder of Oak Cliff, and thank everyone for the time, energy, money, and heart that was put into making this the best parade yet!
Go Oak Cliff! Onward to 2016!