Jack sorts through the throws donated from the Krewe of Bacchus for the annual Krewe Du Peds parade at Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children.

Tulane Pediatrics’ annual parade, Krewe De Peds hit the hallways of Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children on Tuesday, February 6. Patients decked out in costumes and riding on decorated stretchers and wagons, paraded through the hospital tossing throws donated from the Krewe of Bacchus. Members of Krewe des Fleurs and representative from Bacchus accompanied the patients on the route.

“Our patients and employees look forward to the Krewe Du Peds parade every year,” said Julie Connelly, Tulane Health System arts in medicine coordinator. “Many of our patients won’t be able to attend the outdoor parades, so we feel it’s important to bring Carnival Season to them right here in the hospital.”

Tulane Health System’s Child Life Department and Art in Medicine Program recognize the importance of creative outlets to help reduce stress, anxiety, boredom and the perception of pain.

“The annual Krewe Du Peds parade is just one example of how we use art, fun, and laughter to heal the body and mind,” said Connelly.