Want to be a part of a real Mardi Gras Parade? Love music, dancing, sci-fi, and making art? Want to meet new people in a safe and supported environment? The STOMP Troopers is the place for you!
We will be building social and creative skills while preparing for participation in a mainstream mardi gras parade, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus.
Each session will involve formal instruction in art and music, led by a teacher, with hands-on demonstrations, video tutorials, and PowerPoint Presentations. Participants will create art (including costumes, custom doubloons, throws, mini-floats, and props) and practice music with professional artists and musicians, as well as art, music and occupational therapists. We will also have unstructured break and social time during each session.
Participants will have volunteer buddies to provide assistance, encouragement, and mentoring.
The program will take place at Tulane University in Boggs room 104 and the Maker Space, located on Engineering Road, on Saturdays from 12:30pm to 2pm as well as at First Grace Church, 3401 Canal St (Mid City) on Mondays from 6pm to 7:30pm from Jan 4th-27th. There will also be select off-site meetings, including a post-party at Preservation Hall and two weeknight dress rehearsals to be held near the actual parade route. The parade itself will be held on Feb. 1st at 7:00 pm, with a private pre-party/downtime in the neighborhood starting at 5:30 pm.
Session 1, Jan 4th 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Tulane
Session 2, Jan 6th 6:00pm - 7:30pm at First Grace
Session 3, Jan 11th 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Tulane
Session 4, Jan 13th 6:00pm - 7:30pm at First Grace
Session 5, Jan 18th 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Tulane
Session 6, Jan 29th 6:00pm - 7:30pm at First Grace
Session 7, Jan 25th 12:30pm - 2:00pm at Tulane
Session 8, Jan 27th 6:00pm - 7:30pm at Kerrie's House (2526 Chartres Street)
Session 9, Feb 1st 5:30pm - 10:30pm Parade night! (pre party at Kerrie's house)
Session 10, Feb 8th 10:00am - noon Afterparty at Preservation Hall (726 St Peter)
We accept young people with autism and other exceptionalities, ages 9-25, fitting the behavior profile (see below).
The cost of participation is $480 ($40 per hour for 12 hours), plus $50 to cover the cost of instruments, costumes and throws. Payment in full is due at the time of application and will not be refundable. Registration will not be considered complete until full payment is received.

Families meeting the criteria for financial need (see attached "financial eligibility criteria" document) qualify for free participation. Scholarship spaces are limited.
Financial Aid Eligibility Criteria
Tulane University’s Boggs Classroom and Maker Space are wheelchair accessible. NOLArts will provide staffing. Staff will consist of two NOLArts therapists, 1-2 trained assistants and trained volunteers from local colleges.

NOLArts welcomes family-provided aides/shadows for those needing extra support for participation. Those with children needing extensive redirection, behavioral support or physical guidance will be asked to make their own arrangements for a one-on-one assistant.
Participants will be accepted without regard to social, academic, motor or communication skills. However, to ensure that all participants have a safe, positive and fully supported experience, we can only accept those who meet the following behavioral criteria:

1. Remains in a group without wandering or elopement
2. Tolerates routine frustrations without aggression (hitting, kicking, spitting, destroying property, etc.) or excessive disruption (tantrumming, screaming, cursing, defiance etc.) or can be redirected
3. Able to execute simple, clear directions and follow rules
4. Able to eat, drink and use bathroom independently
Participants should be singed in and dropped off at the location (Tulane or First Grace) at the starting time (either 12:30pm or 6:00pm). Participants should be signed out at the ending time (either 2:00pm or 7:30pm) and picked up at the location (Tulane or First Grace). Children cannot be dropped off until the session begins or picked up after
the session ends. A $1 per minute fee will be charged for late pick-up and is due at the time of pick up (cash, check or card accepted).

For safety reasons, children can only be picked up by authorized parties listed on intake forms. If you need to have someone else pick up your child, you must add their name to the form or send the child with a signed, written note of authorization.
Participants should wear “mess-up-able” clothing, as we will be painting and gluing daily. No flip-flops, no electronics (they are very distracting to others) but other preferred items from home are welcome for use during breaks. Please send your child with a water bottle and snack.
NOLArts volunteers and staff will walk with the participants and musicians the night of the parade. In addition, each participant will need a dedicated personal escort (i.e. a family member or friend) with whom they are familiar, who can provide assistance during the march. PLEASE NOTE that while NOLArts will be present to provide direction, the participant's family member/escort will be fully responsible for the safety and supervision of the participant throughout the parade session. The parade is two miles long and may last up to three hours.

Participants will meet 1-2 hours before the parade at a nearby home for a pre-party, during which time they can relax, eat and change into their costumes.
NOLArts staff cannot dispense medication of any kind to participants.
To enroll your child in the STOMP Troopers Project, please complete all sections of the following forms:
1. Intake Form
2. Registration Form
3. Wavier
4. Pick Up Authorization Form 5. Media Consent Form
6. Policy Form
7. Payment in Full (check to 324 12th St, New Orleans, LA 70124 or Paypal to
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Please note that the below information will be shared with your child’s volunteer “buddy” in order to help them best support your child.
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Child age
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Child gender
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What do they dislike?
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What’s your child’s communication level (i.e. uses a few words and gestures, fluent, responds to direct questions, delayed verbal processing)?
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What does your child need help with? (e.g. reading, making choices, staying seated, speaking clearly…). Will they generally ask for help when needed and accept help when offered?
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Has your child attended a Mardi Gras parade before? Other big public events (festivals, pro sports, concerts)?
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What supports help your child have the most success in group activities? Praise, a conversation script, familiar activities, an icebreaker, working in pairs, quiet break time…?
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What general teaching and guidance strategies bring out the best in your child? Clear rules/consequences, praise, visual schedule, art, movement…?
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What group or teaching styles do NOT work well with your child?
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