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Mardi Gras Krewes

By Arthur Hardy


During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Carnival schedule had shrunk to only three parades staged on Mardi Gras Eve and on Fat Tuesday. To offer visitors more days to enjoy the pleasures of the season, a group of businessmen formed the Knights of Hermes in 1937, staging a parade that would bridge the weekend before the arrival of Rex. The founders chose Hermes, the Greek messenger of the gods, as their namesake. A golden statue of the sandaled, winged courier appears at the head of the procession. Hermes’ 1938 introduction of neon lighting as a means of float illumination was a first for Mardi Gras.

Hermes Route Map

Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras GuideFor more information on this parade's theme, riders, bands, and throws for this year, order the premier guide to everything Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Arthur Hardy's award-winning Mardi Gras Guide contains 164 colorful pages of facts, photos, features, and fun, including more than 50 individual parade profiles and maps. Click here to order the guide online.
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