Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Krewes – What Are They?

A Krewe is a NOLA social group that organizes and participates in Mardi Gras parades and festivities. There are many different Krewes that are organized by seniority. The first group is ‘Royalty’ and consists of the krewes Rex and Zulu. Another group is the ‘Super Krewes’ which is made up of Endymion, Bacchus, and Orpheus. Other groups are the ‘Walking Krewes & Parades’, ‘Rolling Parades’, and ‘Truck Parades’. Take a moment to learn about the great Krewes of Mardi Gras.

Rex

Rex is one of the oldest Krewes of ‘Royalty’. This group of around 600 men dates all the way back to 1872 and has been an international symbol of Mardi Gras and New Orleans ever since. Rex has been consider Mardi Gras Royalty since their start. They helped establish some of the lasting Mardi Gras traditions found in New Orleans. In fact, Rex came up with the official festival colors of green, gold, and purple. Every year Rex chooses a community leader to lead the parade float as Mardi Gras king. The parade for Rex will be held on February 25th, 2020.

Zulu

The Zulu Krewe is equally as important and has had some famous members, including Louis Armstrong. This Krewe was formed in 1916 and was named after the Zulu tribe in Africa. If you have the chance to watch the Zulu Krewe parade keep an eye out for Zulu coconuts. Zulu coconuts are considered a rare Mardi Gras item and are very much coveted by parade spectators. The Krewe spends a lot of time during the year creating the colorful coconuts. In the past, Zulu coconuts were thrown from moving floats, however, in recent years they have switched to passing the coconuts out to prevent breaking. You’ll have to be standing in the right place at the right time to get one. The Zulu Krewe parade will be held on February 25th, 2020.

Endymion

Endymion, part of the ‘Super Krewes’ is the largest Krewe in New Orleans. Its name translates to the god of fertility and eternal youth. This Kreme was founded in the 1960s and started out as a small scale Mardi Gras Krewe. However, the Krewe has seen exponential growth through the years. Each year the group selects a celebrity to lead the parade float. The Endymion Krewe parade will be held on February 22nd, 2020.

Bacchus

Bacchus was founded in the 1960s by a group of businessmen interested in reinventing some of the Mardi Gras festivities. The group wanted to make New Orleans, Mardi Gras known around the country. Some of the ways they achieved this was by hosting massive parties and inviting celebrities to join in the festivities. The Bacchus Krewe parade will be held on February 23rd, 2020.