Krewe of Comogo member builds Plaquemine parade floats to honor sister's memory
Edward Earl Comeaux decided last year that the City of Plaquemine deserved high quality floats for annual parades, and the only way to get them was to make them himself.
Comeaux and his team work out of a new facility that was started in May of 2014. They began to build floats at the end of July, and their new building currently houses 13 parade floats all made by hand by Comeaux and his crew.
“I want to have at least 20 floats in this building,” Comeaux said. “And we plan on using them for our Krewe of Comogo parade that runs every Monday before Mardi Gras.” Comeaux is open to renting the quality-made parade floats to those in need. “It was mostly for us, but we do want to rent them out, and I think once they see the quality of the floats they would want to rent the floats out.”
The inspiration for creating floats for an annual Plaquemine parade came after Comeaux’s sister, Brenda, passed away after her battle with cancer in 2009 “She had always wanted a nighttime Mardi Gras parade in Plaquemine,” Comeaux said. “She tried in 1992, but it just wasn’t feasible for them to do.” Since her death, the Krewe of Comogo was formed in 2012 in memoriam of Brenda by Rhonda Harrell, and is now moving into their third year of running the Krewe of Comogo parade.
Comeaux plans to get a bust of his sister to put on one of the floats, in honor of her memory. “She was big into hats,” Comeaux said. “And I’m getting a prop made of her with a hat, and that’s going to be the signature float every year.”
The Krewe hired artist Rene Pierre of New Orleans, who painted the cloth on all of the parade floats, following intricate designs presented from Krewe members.
The average cost per float is estimated to be $20,000 to $25,000, and was self-funded by Comeaux and other Krewe members. Comeaux, along with only four other helpers, built all 13 floats in four months time. “Once we got a pattern going, and everyone got a feel for what we were doing, it made it easier,” Comeaux said. “These are as structurally sound as you could possibly imagine. It’s been a process, but I think we’ve accomplished a lot in such a short period of time.”
One of Comeaux’s wishes is for the support of the people of Plaquemine. “It’s great to have all of this, and not very many cities have this,” Comeaux said. “It’d be a shame if people don’t come out and watch the parade. We’ve got a few members, but we’d like to get more.”
Comeaux and the Krewe still have a lot of work ahead of them, but hope to have at least 20 floats done before the Mardi Gras season for the citizens of Plaquemine to enjoy.