The Krewe’s first parade was staged in 2007 as part of a loud, rowdy and somewhat risqué Mardi Gras house party in Denver’s Wash Park neighborhood. This was followed by a Pink Elephant parade at a Mardi Gras themed birthday party in 2008. 

Around the same time, another friend was throwing outrageous charity parties at a local bar in the Denver Highlands. Super powers were combined in 2009, and the newly formed Krewe of Baloo hosted it’s first Masquerade Ball and Parade as a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Since then, the Krewe has donated thousands of dollars to charitable organizations in Colorado and Louisiana, including Mi Casa, The New Orleans Musician’s Relief Fund, Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund, and The Roots of Music.


2016 was a transition year for the Krewe of Baloo as the group hosted their 10th, and final Masquerade Ball, and began performing in more public venues. In June of that year the Krewe marched in  the Denver Pride Fest Parade, and in August staged a Mid-Century themed parade for the Denver Modernism Show. The Krewe of Baloo was also honored to participate in a real Second Line procession around Denver’s Union Station as part of an authentic jazz funeral for a friend in the community.

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Krewe of Baloo 2019

The Krewe of Baloo

In 2018 the Krewe set their creative sites on Halloween and showed up at the South Broadway Halloween Parade with a walking float themed to Baba Yaga’s house.  With 12 years under their belts, the Krewe of Baloo continues to seek out new opportunities for giving back, while satisfying their personal hunger for creative expression in the forms of Art, Music, and Spectacle!