The Krewe of Drips &
Membership Policy &
The Krewe of Drips and
Discharges is a sub-krewe of the Krewe du Vieux parade organization.
We are an affiliation of friends, degenerates, Mardi-Gras
revelers, fools and nutcases who are dedicated to one thing and one thing only –
to have FUN! We are float-builders, painters,
rhymers, decorators, cooks, schemers, writers, planners, beer brewers, tinkerers,
drunkards, joint-rollers, jello-shot makers, and costume designers.
List any pursuit required to put on an incredible
parade/float/all around “good time” with a group of 65 fascinating members – we
We meet multiple times
throughout the year, with an increasing frequency the closer parade day gets.
Initially, we meet to determine a theme for the year and to plan our activities.
Then we start working on the float, costumes, throws, and any other hare-brained
idea that suits our needs. This is interspersed with crawfish boils,
fund-raisers, afternoons at the Den of Muses, and sometimes stripper
performances, all of which frequently requires chugging a drink just to keep
your sanity (or lose it, which might be better).
Because the Drips are
the best sub-krewe of the Krewe du Vieux (hear, hear), we are getting mighty
popular. Last parade (2008) there were dozens of people out there just drooling
to be a Drip. While in the past we’ve been able to offer membership to anyone
who demonstrated the right amount of depravity, we have grown to a size that is
likely to be our maximum. With the demand for membership ever increasing, we
have been keeping a waiting list for people who want to get in.
The straight-out waiting
list process has shown to not really work for us. We’ve had people who show up
and do a considerable amount of work with us on the float or on our events, who
then did not get a membership because they were down too far on the list. On the
flip-side, we’ve offered membership to people at the top of the list who then
only show up on parade day.
We’ve been busting our
brains (in more ways than one) to try to come up with a fair and just way of
giving out the few precious memberships that free up every year. Here’s what we
wanted to achieve:
As few rules as
possible. We HATE rules!
Membership should go
to people who contribute, are fun and understand the spirit of KdV and the
Create a process that
is quick and does not require a lot of work
should not be competitive (i.e. we don’t want to give out memberships based on
who contributed the most, second most, and so on)
Ensure that the Drips
remain a diverse, New Orleans-based crowd
We need to make these
distinctions about membership:
is someone who has paid membership dues directly to the Drips’ in the last
parade season. A member can repurchase their membership at the beginning of
the next season. A member who does not march for two consecutive years
relinquishes their right to membership.
is someone who marches in a member’s spot, but has
no claim on a membership or marching spot in the following year.
is someone who is given a membership for the period of one season. If this
member contributes to our efforts and lives up to the spirit of the Drips,
their membership will become a full membership at the end of the season.
Dues & Membership
From August 1st
to September 30th, any prior year member can
purchase their membership for the upcoming KdV parade.
Any memberships not paid by September 30th
will be offered to new “driplet” members. There are no
exceptions to the September 30th deadline.
You will know well in advance and be reminded several times
before the deadline.
From October 1st
to October 15th, any paid member can nominate
one driplet. A name and
contact information must be provided at the time of nomination.
If a prior year member does not pay their dues by the September
30th deadline, they can nominate themselves
to be placed on the waiting list.
On October 16th
or thereabouts, the Drips officers put all the names of the nominees into a
hat and draw them out at random.
is given to the first names that are drawn, up to the number of open
A waiting list for
temps is created based on the order of the remaining names that are drawn.
Between October 16th
and 1 week before parade day, the marching spot of any member that can’t march
is offered to the temps in the order of the waiting list. Reimbursement of
dues to be arranged between the member and the temp by themselves. Members can
still place people’s names on the waiting list for temp spots, and these names
will be added to the bottom of the list in the order they are received.
In the last week
before parade day, Drips officers are not responsible for finding
replacements. If you drop out during this period, you relinquish your
membership dues. We will provide you with a list of remaining temps if there
are any - or if not, you can try to find your own replacement.
At the Drips wrap
up-meeting, the officers discuss whether the Driplets for this season have
lived up to our (minimal) expectations. Those who did are offered full
A few points about this
process need to be noted:
This is not a
popularity contest. There is no need to please the officers or anyone else
(though offers will not be refused). Greasing the skids, playing the fool, or
somehow else ingratiating yourself to become a full member is not necessary.
People will not be turned down because they are not friends with the officers
or anything like that. You just need to show up to some meetings and
functions, work with us on the float, and not be an asshole or disrespectful.
This is not a test of how much we like you. It’s to ensure that we have no
coasters or troublemakers. The Drips work very hard on getting this show on
the road and it is a collective effort. Besides, the
more you participate, the more you get out of it: By working on the float or
coming to the meetings, you will get to know the other members, and by parade
day, you’re not only proud of your efforts, you’re also marching through the
Quarter with 65 friends rather than a few friends and a bunch of strangers.
The two year rule (see
definition of member above) is NOT retroactive and begins with the 2009
There are seven
exceptions to the two-year rule. They are the seven founding members of the
Drips who, after 16 years, still maintain active membership status: Jim Aiken, Tonia Aiken,
Eileen Duffy McKeown, Ellen Hall McPhate, Norman McSwain, Julie Bounds and
The waiting lists do
not persist beyond the current year. If you are nominated for membership one
year but only march as a temp, you need to be nominated again the following
year if you still want to become a member.
Both the Drips
officers and those Drips serving as Krewe du Vieux officers contribute an
amazing amount of time and energy. In the weeks leading up to the parade, it
is almost a full-time job. People who donate that much of their time should be
able to bring in their family or significant other into the krewe. Therefore,
each officer may nominate one nominee per year to
become a Driplet without their name being drawn
at random. Naturally, this depends on available space - if there's no
memberships opening up, then this privilege can not be used that year. This
privilege can only be used for immediate family members and significant others
of the officers (not friends). This privilege also extends to past officers
who are still active members in the Drips. This privilege does not count
against regular nominations, i.e. an officer may still nominate a person for
membership through the general process in the same year the privilege is used.
If there are more officers who want to use this privilege in a given year than
there are open memberships, the more senior officers get priority.
Seniority for this purpose is defined as longest active membership in
One concern that was
raised was whether we are holding Driplets to a higher standard than regular
members, since there is no requirement for members to show up at events to
maintain membership. To that end, we reviewed our participation this year and
counted that of 65 members, 52 were actively engaged, and seven of us live out
of state – three of which still made their contribution (thanks again for the
Gumbo), so they are ingratiated. This means that we had 85% of our membership
actively participating. ‘Nuff said. We don’t need no standards for our Drips –
Every rule we put in
here (or any Drips doc) should always be applied in the spirit of the Drips,
rather than strictly according to the written text. In other words, if a
situation comes up that does not fit into the rules or creates a really
strange situation that is against the spirit of why we created this document
in the first place (to have fun, to be fair, to keep peace), then the officers
can always vote to ignore/amend/stretch the rules as necessary.
to the "Unofficial, Underground
Drips & Discharges Web Page"
to the 2008 Members Info