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 The Krewe of Argus (Jefferson Parish)
The Krewe of Argus
Krewe organized in 1972
600 male, female, and child riders
30 floats
8 marching bands
King, Queen, Grand Marshal
Artist George Roderigue's Blue Dog float throws stuffed Blue Dog's, and doubloons were added last year.
Argus is the culmination of Mardi Gras in Metairie.  Because of Argus' position in the parading schedule, King Argus is considered by some to be equivalency of Rex in Jefferson Parish, an opinion supported by King Zulu's annual meetings with both monarchs.
Represented by peacock feathers and his one hundred eyes (doesn't that sound attractive?) Greek myth Argus was the guardian of Io, one of Zeus' mistresses.  The krewe brought Metairie their first Fat Tuesday parade in 1974, and made Empresses of a bevy of television stars such as Phyllis Diller, Barbara Eden, Loretta Swit, and several Miss Americas until 1985.  Then the krewe (whose ranks had tripled) began selecting their royalty from within the organization.  The krewe allows commercial sponsorship of its floats, and is followed by the truck float krewes of the Elks-Jeffersonians and the Krewe of Jefferson.
This krewe shares a Greek linkThis krewe shares a Greek theme with the krewes of Adonis, Aphrodite, Atlas Endymion, Hermes Iris Jason Morpheus Muses, Okeanos Orpheus Pegasus, Proteus Morpheus, Nemesis Pygmalion Rhea Sparta and  Zeus.

Adonis Aladdin Alla Aphrodite
Aquila Arabi
Argus Atlas Babylon Bacchus Bards Caesar
Carrollton Centurions Chaos Choctaw Cleopatra d'Etat
Druids Endymion Excalibur Gladiators Grela Hermes
Iris Isis Jason King Arthur L'il Rascals Mercury
Mid-City Morpheus Muses Napoleon Nemesis NOMTOC
Okeanos Orpheus Oshun Pegasus Pontchartrain Proteus
Pygmalion Rex Rhea Saturn Shangri-La Sparta
Thor Thoth Tucks du Vieux Zeus Zulu

Elks
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Elks
Jeffersonians

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Krewe of
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