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Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade
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MARDI GRAS KREWES

Mardi Gras krewes throw the parades and each has its own history and traditions. Get to know them all below.

 

Royalty
  • Rex
    Rex has been the global symbol of New Orleans’ most famous holiday since his first appearance in 1872. The all-male krewe is responsible for the concept of day parades, for the official Mardi Gras...
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  • One of the season’s most anticipated and remarkable parades is presented by Zulu, named after the fiercest of the African tribes. Seven years before the black krewe’s 1916 incorporation, the Zulu...
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Super-Krewes
  • Named for the Olympian god of fertility and eternal youth, the largest krewe in Mardi Gras history was founded in 1967 as a small neighborhood venture in the Bayou St. John-Gentilly area. By 1974,...
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  • Bacchus, the most innovative and imitated krewe founded during the 20th century, resulted from a meeting of twelve businessmen who gathered in 1968 to explore new directions for Carnival clubs in New...
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  • The Krewe of Orpheus made history in 1994 when its first parade rolled with 700 members. Its organizers wanted to give New Orleans a third consecutive parade in the tradition of Endymion and Bacchus....
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Walking Krewes & Parades
  • During the earliest years of New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebrations, satire was often the theme of the major krewes' parades. Over time, less controversial themes evolved, such as mythology, historical...
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  • The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Mardi Gras parade organization for the most revelrous Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Gamers, Cosplayers, Circuit Benders,...
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  • The Krewe Of Barkus isn’t like your other Mardi Gras Parade. This one has gone to the dogs. Man’s best friend is the center of this parade through the streets of the French Quarter with their humans...
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  • The Krewe De Paws is based at Abigails in Olde Towne and will parade through Olde Towne Slidell to help revitalize the once popular area. The goal of The Krewe De Paws is three fold: have a lot of...
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  • Immediately after Krewe du Vieux, krewedelusion will roll.
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Rolling Parades
  • Oshun, a figure comparable to the Roman’s Venus, was the goddess of fountains, love, wealth and religion for the African people of Brazil, Haiti and Cuba. Her symbols are the peacock and the fan. The...
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  • The Krewe of Cleopatra is named for the Egyptian Queen of the Nile, an actual person rather than a mythological figure like the namesakes of most Mardi Gras krewes. The club was founded in 1972 as the...
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  • Pontchartrain was appointed as France’s Minister of Marine during the reign of Louis XIV. Chartered in 1975 as the decade’s first new parade in Orleans Parish, the krewe derives its name from the lake...
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  • 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...
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  • Founded in 2000 by a group of Carnival veterans who professed the wish to strengthen the quality of parades scheduled for the first weekend of the Carnival parade season in New Orleans, this club...
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  • This parading club was founded in 1924 and is named after the uptown neighborhood of Carrollton – once a small township located on the edge of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes. The group started...
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  • The legendary British King and his Men of the Round Table have provided some of the most colorful and romantic tales in all of medieval lore. This former westbank krewe, named after the noble monarch,...
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  • Carnival’s fourth oldest parading group was founded 75 years ago by the Westside Social and Carnival Club and presented its inaugural parade with a single float on Fat Tuesday, 1933. The all-male...
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  • Comprised of Carnival veterans from several other Orleans Parish parading organizations, the Ancient Druids wanted to fill an empty slot on the parade calendar, providing New Orleanians and visitors...
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  • Nyx
    The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is named for the goddess of the night, one of the most powerful goddesses who represents the dark light that falls from the stars. The krewe was established to connect women of...
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  • Babylon was an important city located on the Euphrates River in Southwest Asia. Its namesake Mardi Gras organization was founded as the Jester Club in 1939 in New Orleans. The knights call their...
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  • The Knights of Chaos was organized during the summer of 2000. The group is made up of veterans of other parading and non-parading Carnival krewes. Chaos parades on the Thursday before Fat Tuesday, a...
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  • The nine Muses were the daughters of Zeus in Greek mythology. In New Orleans several uptown streets bear their names. This club was founded in 2000 and is made up of a group of women who describe...
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  • 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...
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  • Le Krewe D’Etat was founded in 1996 to help resurrect the traditional satirical style of Mardi Gras parades. The club’s first appearance in 1998 was well-received by parade critics and by the general...
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  • Morpheus, the god of dreams, was founded in August 2000 by a group of life-long Mardi Gras veterans who dreamed of starting their own Carnival organization. The first annual Grand Bal Masque was held...
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  • New Orleans’ Most Talked Of Club (NOMTOC) is the area’s only all-black parading organization. Located on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, NOMTOC’s Carnival activities are sponsored by the Jugs...
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  • Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger to the gods in classical Greek mythology. The Krewe of Iris was founded in 1922 but traces its roots to 1917. It is New Orleans’ largest parading...
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  • Known for its irreverence, the Krewe of Tucks began in 1969 as a rag-tag group of Loyola University students. The club takes its name from Friar Tucks, an uptown pub where two college students decided...
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  • Named for the Olympian god of fertility and eternal youth, the largest krewe in Mardi Gras history was founded in 1967 as a small neighborhood venture in the Bayou St. John-Gentilly area. By 1974,...
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  • The Krewe of Okeanos was organized in 1949 by civic-minded business leaders who were eager to bring a Carnival parade to St. Claude Avenue, their neighborhood’s main street. The club is named for the...
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  • The Krewe of Mid-City was founded in 1933 and is Carnival’s fifth oldest parading organization. It is named for the neighborhood where its procession began until the 2002 season. In 1947 the club...
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  • Thoth is the Egyptian patron of wisdom and the inventor of science, art and letters. He is traditionally represented by the body of a man and the head of an ibis. His mythological counterparts were...
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  • Carnival’s second oldest parading organization was founded in 1882. Known in Greek mythology as the shepherd of the ocean, Proteus was a god who acted as herdsman of Poseidon’s seals. The old man of...
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Truck Parades
  • Founded in 1974, The Krewe of Elks-Jeffersonians is sponsored by the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks, a worldwide fraternal society dedicated to charitable deeds. Following the Krewe of Argus...
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  • Founded in 1935, the Krewe of Elks Orleans is the oldest and largest of all the truck float krewes. The Elks Orleans are a group of over 50 individually designed truck floats that parade following Rex...
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  • Founded in 1947, the trucks in the Crescent City parade hold over 3,000 male and female riders. The trucks each represent a different Carnival organization. The krewe sets no overall theme for their...
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  • Founded in 1972, the Krewe of Jefferson is the last truck parade in Jefferson Parish. Krewe Of Jefferson was founded by former captain of the Krewe Of Jason wanted to bring Mardi Gras to Jefferson...
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