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 The Krewe du Vieux  (Orleans Parish)
Krewe of Oshun Emblem Arriving Soon Krewe organized in 1987
900+ male and female riders/marchers
??  floats
19th century mule-drawn style parade
Standard royalty, infrequent appearances of such
Only the wooden nickles and the emblemized throws done by the 17-some-odd subkrewes are collectible, but the experience is priceless.
The Krewe du Vieux is an all-adult krewe which prides itself on its mature themes, and all that phrase implies.
Consequently, your humble Professor cannot recommend this krewe's parade as a family-friendly event.  However, the experience of attending from an historical perspective is priceless, for the parade is the closest modern representation of a Mardi Gras parade from the late 1800's!
The best way to describe this krewe is to simply read their mission statement:

"The Krewe du Vieux is a non-profit organization dedicated to the historical and traditional concept of a Mardi Gras parade as a venue for individual creative expression and satirical comment....We believe in exposing the world to the true nature of Mardi Gras—and in exposing ourselves to the world."
FlambeauThis krewe is among those krewes that present flambeaux, including the krewes of
Babylon, Chaos, Druids, Hermes, Orpheus, Proteus, Saturn, and Sparta.
Hurricane KatrinaThis krewe was stopped from marching in the 149th Carnival  celebrations by Hurricane Katrina.  The krewe shares that bond with Adonis, Aphrodite, Arabi, Atlas, Bards, Choctaw, Cleopatra, Gladiators, Grela, Hermes, L'il Rascals, MercuryNOMTOC, Oshun, Pegasus, Pontchartrain, Saturn, and  Crescent City.

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 NOMTOC Okeanos
Orpheus Oshun Pegasus Pontchartrain Proteus Pygmalion
Rex Rhea Saturn Shangri-La Sparta Thor
Thoth Tucks du Vieux Zeus Zulu

Elks
Orleanians

Elks
Jeffersonians

Crescent
City

Krewe of
Jefferson



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