COVER: Krewe of Okeanos royalty at the inaugural San Marcos Mardi Gras parade in February 2013. MERCURY FILE PHOTO by RAFAEL MARQUEZ
FROM STAFF REPORTSThe Krewe of Okeanos Mardi Gras Parade will wend its way through the heart of San Marcos’ historic Belvin Street residential district this weekend, beginning at noon Saturday, Feb. 6.
In its fourth year, the parade will travel an expanded route this time, moving along Belvin Street, from Bishop to Scott, and then along Hutchison Street, from Scott to Blanco. This year’s king and queen, Randall and former Mayor Kathy Morris, will preside over the event. They were coronated last month at the krewe’s 12th Night Masque Ball.
“The purpose of our parade and the rest of the Krewe’s Mardi Gras celebrations is to help bring our community and neighborhoods together in celebration of the arts and culture in San Marcos,” said New Orleans native Diana Baker, who formed San Marcos’ Krewe of Okeanos in 2011 with a handful of neighbors. The club is named for the God of Rivers in Greek mythology in a homage to San Marcos’ beloved spring-fed river.
In addition to floats and walking contingents from the city’s five residential historic districts — the Belvin, Dunbar, San Antonio, Burleson and Lindsey-Rogers neighborhoods — the parade will feature eclectic new participants that include dancers from Ballet Folklorico; aquatic beauties from Mermaid Society SMTX; players and cheerleaders from the Unicycle Football League; performers from New Braunfels’ Kindermusik; Matindale’s Fiesta Queens; antique cars from Dick’s Classic Garage Museum; belly dancers, bicyclists and skaters.
The public is invited to watch the parade, which is expected to last about a half-hour. Belvin Street will be closed with barricades but people can park on side streets or at Small Fries Daycare and Smiles Dentistry, 715 W. Hopkins St.