Together, these vehicles create the Carnes Parade Krewe. This informal krewe participates in southeast Texas parades where parader enthusiasts dance to 70s music and throw beads!
Hail to the King!
Feel the sound before you see this musical masterpiece arrive. Packed with massive speakers and surrounded with bright lights, this mega-rolling DJ vehicle is never seen without the Carnes Parade Krewe.
The Dancing Queen is a renovated school bus with several massive speakers inside and outside along with thousands of feet of LED lights. The bright “DANCE” lights on top of it announce its arrival.
The Dancing Queen 2 (DQ2) doubles the fun for the Dancing Queen. Purchased in Tennessee as horse-drawn trailer and rebuilt in Texas, it features all the same lights and speakers as its big sister, but it also folds out into a stage for bands and live entertainment.
1954 Ford firetruck. It was renovated for parades and blinged out with lights and sound and is oftentimes seen pulling Mr. Magoo’s Calliope trailer. The firetrucks were a staple in the parades until the Dancing Queen emerged.
This two-decker piece of dancing delight allows riders to toss their beads to the greatest heights with its open air top level. It belongs to Yaga’s, the immensely popular Strand restaurant.
The calliope is a mini-pipe organ that uses paper rolls, similar to an old-time player piano. In 2014, it was upgraded to a midi-system that allows for a wider range of tunes. She comes equipped with numerous lights, flags, and a large rotating umbrella.