Parade While You Wait

New krewe for families waiting in line at Galatoire’s on Christmas Eve.


Every year on Christmas Eve, representatives from loyal New Orleans families wait outside Galatoire’s as early as 6 a.m., claiming their clan’s spot in the perennial, classic eatery. The tradition recently evolved from a simple queue of diehard diners to a full-fledged krewe and fundraiser – New Orleanians can turn anything into a party. The Krewe of 311 (Galatoire’s address on Bourbon Street) began with a few original families: the Terrell-Haiks, the Lewis-Stewarts, the Favrots, the Van Horns, the Reese-Churches and Ann and David Williams. They have adapted common objects into their royal threads: King and Queen carry French bread scepters and don paper crowns, while Bebe Terrell fastened the king’s cape from Saints T-shirts and tinsel. The first king and queen were Dr. John Church and Meg Stewart; this year marks the first philanthropic effort of Krewe 311. Members and Galatoire’s donated the $500 raised for the LA Restaurant Association Education Foundation. This year’s royalty included: King Charlie Van Horn; Queen Bebe Terrell; and Grand Marshal David Williams, who also founded the unconventional krewe.

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