Mardi Gras Krewe Who? And Behind The Mask

It’s 41 days to Mardi Gras.

mardi_gras_beadsThe musical selection I want to share with you is Professor Longhair singing: “Go To The Mardi Gras  Click on the link for background music as we continue our journey to Mardi Gras.

Parades began in New Orleans on Friday, January 6th with Phunny Phorty Phellows and Société Des Champs Elysée.

The number of parades will increase in February on the weekends. From Wednesday, February 22nd, through Fat Tuesday, February 28th, there will be several parades each day, with the greatest number of Krewes rolling on Mardi Gras.

So who puts on these parades? Groups called Krewes.

A Krewe is an organization of people. Depending on the Krewe, membership ranges from only by exclusive invitation or limited to previous members and their relatives or may be open to anyone able to pay the membership fee.

Some Krewes memberships require you to help build and decorate parade floats and make your own costume. Some of the more affluent Krewes hire all of this work out.

Membership isn’t free. Fees range from thousands of dollars per year to a very minimal amount for small organizations.

Parading Krewe members provide their own Throws, which are trinkets thrown from a float to the spectators lining the parade route. Some krewes host other events like dances or parties for members.  behind_the_mask_adjusted-copy-800x1280

Here’s a link (with photos) with more information about Krewes :  

Legend has it that Krewe comes from the old English word Crew. Origin:

1425–75; late Middle English crewe augmentation, hence reinforcements, body of soldiers

A Krewe (crew) is a group of people involved in a particular kind of work, which involves Partying and Parading. Each krewe has a theme.

For example: Rex is the oldest parading krewe, dating back to 1872 and their colors are purple, green and gold. There’s Zulu, named for the fiercest of African tribes and their “throws” are coconuts. Pegasus’ slogan is, “Neither rain, nor cold, nor strike, nor hurricane’s might.” Their “show must go on” attitude is evident in their history.

The photo is compliments of photographer Paul Mannix. He’s got some other really cool photos of all things Louisiana.

I want to introduce you to my book BEHIND THE MASK — Mardi Gras, Mystery, and Love…

It’s on sale for 99cents for a limited time–from now until Mardi Gras.



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Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the Good Times Roll!

Linda Joyce


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Linda Joyce was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, yet she calls New Orleans home. Though she grew up traipsing across the United States from one Air Force base to the next, add in a four-year tour of Japan, she always returns to New Orleans to recharge and reconnect with her roots. However, people often give her odd looks when she explains she’s Irish-Cajun-Japanese. After graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Management, she worked as a Litigation Manager at an insurance company. While living in Kansas, she left corporate America and is now an award-winning writer under contract for her first novel. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and three dogs: General Beauregard, Gentleman Jack, and Masterpiece Renoir. Linda loves the game of Six Degrees of Separation and loves connecting with people. She always seeks to discover if she may have crossed paths with them before.

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  1. Posted by Tracey Gee Reply

    I already have Dr John in my head!!!

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