The Krewe of Argus, founded in 1972, includes 450 male, female and child riders. Over a million revelers looking for family-oriented parades flock to the Veterans Memorial Parade Route in Metairie on Mardi Gras Day to see Argus' spectacular floats, marching bands and guest celebrities.
To lovers of Mardi Gras in Jefferson Parish, King Argus Is as revered as King Zulu and Rex are in New Orleans. Over the years, Argus has wowed the crowd with special floats such as "George Rodrigues Blue Dog." The throw? Stuffed Blue Dogs, of course!
In Greek Mythology, Argus was an all-seeing God with one hundred eyes. Because Argus saw Zeus cheating on Hera, Hermes was ordered to cut off Argus' head. Hera, aware of the plot, took Argus' eyes and put them on the tail of her peacock. That's why the krewe logo features a peacock today.
In its early years, Argus empresses included stars like Barbara Eden, Phyllis Dlller and Shirley Jones. In 1985, the male and female membership began a new custom of choosing Kings and Queens from its own membership.
In 2017, Argus' theme was "Argus Loves the Beatles." Signature throws included rubber ducks and special beads for the King and Queen.