Juicing Up Mardi Gras
DeeJay Juice said he is Honored to Gran Marshal the Titans Parade.
Justin Patterson, Deejay Juice, is the Grand Marshal of the Krewe of Titans, and he spoke as he prepared for tomorrow’s parade. The Krewe of Titans immediately follows the Krewe of Hyacinthians which starts at 2 p.m., Sunday Feb. 16.
“Being that I’ve been in a parade, I’ve DJ’d on floats for people and for dance teams, but I’ve never DJ’d to showcase myself,” he said.
This is his first time riding as Grand Marshal. Juice, who has performed on stage many times, said he was anxious and a little nervous to be the center of attention on a float, in such a respected position. Keeping it simple, Juice will be wearing a plain Mardi Gras shirt and jeans, and said he’d let his music be the flare. The only non-traditional thing he said he’d be doing was handing out his Deejay Juice bags.
“I don’t like to go above and beyond and deck things out, I just like to be plain and simple,” said Juice. “I want the highlight of me to be the music that I’m playing and the people that are enjoying me as I’m passing through.”
Juice is a Disc Jockey who has performed all over the U.S.. He’s known locally for his “Juice Fest,” music festival, which is held in downtown Houma.
Last year it received criticism for a shooting which happened after the festival had already ended, around 9pm near Good and Main St. across the street from where the festival was being held, and behind a business, “when that happened after the event, it broke my heart,” Juice said.
“All it takes is for one bad thing to happen to stain the image of what it was,” said Juice. “And that’s not what I stand for. That’s not what I’m about – I’m about unity man.”
The festival is still planned for this year on July 11, and is likely to start earlier in the day, Juice said, to avoid something like that happening again.
“I’m considering starting earlier so I can beat that nightfall… so everything is visible and in plain sight,” he said. “It’s a little bit hot in the daytime… so I was always trying to keep it later in the evening.”