Home Sweet Float

The first black-owned Carnival float service provider catering to clients throughout Louisiana, Crescent City Artists LLC moved its talents to porches this year.

Photo By Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee

Lens Onthejob

For over 30 years, Rene and Inez Pierre have been building Carnival floats, but never like this. On Dec. 26, they received their first order for a house float, and less than two weeks later they were booked up, with 52 floats on their “to do” list and a growing waiting list. Seen here, Rene Pierre, a graduate of Xavier University’s fine arts program who gained acclaim for his hand-made miniature floats, works on a Buddha-themed house float for a house on Carrollton Avenue. Residents can keep their creations and have them repainted for anniversaries, birthdays, or next year’s Carnival. PierreParadeProductions.com.