Woodlawn's Bike Krewe Marches (and Pedals) in Christmas Parade
Born out of a love for parades and inspired by New Orleans Mardi Gras, the Woodlawn Art Bike Krewe made its debut at Christmas In Davidson in 2016, featuring three whimsical papier-mâché art bike floats.
Inspired by the creations of the Krewe of Kolossos in her native New Orleans, Dana Worley, mother of Spencer Worley '23, pitched the idea of creating miniature art bike floats with a team of 5th, 6th, and 7th graders to their parents. Designing the floats to represent our school was a challenge easily met when kids and their parents got together and thought about our students’ love for the environment, gardening and our school campus. Using discarded newspapers and household items, along with mistinted paint from local hardware stores, the Woodlawn Art Bike Krewe set out to transform recycled and upcycled trash into imaginative treasures. The first completed bike float was “Sunflowers”, followed by “Ladybug” and “Honeybee”. Using adult tricycles as the base, these floats are pedal-powered and require only a fun-loving spirit and a little muscle, rather than diesel or gas, to make their way along the parade route. These kid-powered contributions to the parade fit perfectly with the Woodlawn philosophy of promoting sustainable, earth-friendly art and community projects for our students.
In 2017, the Woodlawn Art Bike Krewe added a fourth bike to our rolling fleet of frolicking fun. This fourth bike represents the big green Woodlawn rock at our school’s entrance and our much-loved red barn and campus clock tower.
Parents and students joined in the fun by decorating their own bikes, scooters, and wagons for the parade. Kicking off the holiday season by participating in the North Mecklenburg Christmas Parade is just one way that our Woodlawn families uniquely shine bright during Christmas in Davidson.