In 1980, the Krewe of Napoleon was created in 1980 to provide Jefferson Parish with fun and different Mardi Gras festivities.
The Corps de Napoleon's primary mission is to honor New Orleans' French heritage, as well as the French culture and heritage of surrounding parishes, setting it apart from other Mardi Gras krewes, which traditionally focus on Greek or Roman mythology. Instead, the Corps de Napoleon honor's France's greatest hero.
The Corps de Napoleon is an army of bead, cup and doubloon-throwing revelers organized similarly to which Napoleon organized his armies.
The parade is led by the Captains and Officers on a float that looks like a painting by David, which shows Napoleon crossing the Alps during the Italian campaign. The Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine are also depicted by the royal monarchs as they reign over the parade, Coronation Celebration, and After-Parade festivities. The Emperor's float features the "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris and is pulled by a team of four white horses. Patients from the local children’s hospital ride on their Napoleon Avenue streetcar as guest of the Corps.