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Mardi Gras Krewes
 

Sparta
By Arthur Hardy

Sparta

Sparta was a city-state in Southern Greece renowned for the discipline of its people. In 1981, after successfully staging tableau balls for nearly three decades, the Knights exploded upon the parading scene with a traditional-style parade that blended innovations employed by newer krewes. The all-male parade is led by the captain aboard a white stallion. He is followed by his shadow, a young boy, who also rides a white steed. Until 2001, Sparta annually christened the St. Charles Avenue parade route. Sparta is the first parade of the season to present flambeau carriers and a mule-drawn king’s float.

 
Sparta 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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