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Mardi Gras Krewes

 
       
Rex
The oldest parading krewe since 1872 is responsible for the official Mardi Gras flag and purple, green and gold colors.
Zulu
Named after the fiercest of the African tribes, the Zulu parade draws large crowds seeking the coveted Zulu coconut.
Orpheus
This super krewe started by Harry Connick Jr. was the first to use fiber optic lighting on its floats.
Proteus
Carnival’s second oldest parading organization was founded in 1882.
Bacchus
The most innovative and imitated krewe created during the 20th century appoints a national celebrity as its monarch.
Mid-City
Carnival’s fifth oldest parading organization was created in 1933 and introduced animated floats to Mardi Gras in 1947.
Thoth
The mystical krewe of Thoth was once a small group but is now one of the major parades on the uptown route.
Okeanos
Originally formed by businessmen 1949 in efforts to create a neighborhood Carnival parade along St. Claude Ave.
Endymion
This super krewe is known for its celebrity grand marshals, as well as some of the largest and most ornate floats.
Tucks
Loyola University students organized this krewe back in 1969 and named it after the popular college bar, Friar Tucks.
Iris
New Orleans’ largest parading Carnival organization for women was established in 1922.
NOMTOC
The area’s only all-black parading organization was organized in 1951.
Morpheus
Named after the God of dreams, this club is open to all sexes, races and ages.
Le Krewe D'etat
Le Krewe D'etat, which translates to “Live to Ride, Ride to Live,” began in 1996 and has made a hit on the parade route.
Hermes
This popular night parade was the first to introduce the use of neon lighting on floats back in 1938.
Muses
A club founded by women, describe themselves as “diverse in every way – ethnically, racially and socio-economically.
Chaos
Chaos parades with satirical themes, employing the infamous Momus floats.
Knights of Babylon
Founded as the Jester Club in 1939, this New Orleans favorite never discloses its theme until the day of the parade.
Druids
Druids is distinctive in that it does not stage a ball or feature a queen and court that are usually Carnival staples.
King Arthur
This krewe was organized in 1977 by the youngest captain in the history of Carnival.
Carrolton
Named after the uptown neighborhood of Carrollton, this parading club was founded in 1924.
Alla
This all-male krewe is Carnival’s fourth oldest parading group and traditionally displays the largest parade on the westbank.
Pegasus
Pegasus, born of Medusa’s blood in Greek mythology, has rolled since 1966.
Sparta
Organized in 1981, this uptown favorite is the first parade of the season to present flambeau carriers.
Pontchartrain
Up until 1991, this krewe was named after the lake along whose shore its parades were staged.
Pygmallion
Organized in 2000 of Carnival veterans and named after the king of Cyprus in Greek mythology.
Cleopatra
Named after the Egyptian Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra was the first Carnival club for women on the West Bank.
Oshun
Oshun, goddess of fountains, love, wealth and religion for the African people was founded in 1996.
 
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