Professor Carl Nivale, Your Professor Emeritus of all things Mardi Gras
The History of Mardi Gras in New Orleans
About Professor Carl Nivale
Carvial Krewes
Carnival Walking Clubs
Native Customs
What to do at Mardi Gras
What NOT to do at Mardi Gras!
Schedules and Parade Times
Images of Mardi Gras
Frequent Inquiries
Carnival Around the World
Our Favorite New Orleans Links
Contact Prof. Carl Nivale
 The Krewe of Orpheus (Orleans Parish)
The Krewe of Orpheus
Krewe organized in 1993
1,200 male and female riders
30 floats
30 marching bands
Contemporary-style parade, w/ flambeaux
Orpheus chooses no royalty, but features celebrity riders.
!BONANZA!  The riders of Orpheus are among the most generous!
This krewe has no connection to the first Krewe of Orpheus, a ball krewe in Orleans Parish during the 1940's and 1950's, neither is it connected with the Original Krewe of Orpheus in Covington, which began parading in 1988.
Greek audiences will recognize Orpheus as the musically-inclined son of Zeus and Calliope who toured throughout the Underworld in search of his beloved Eurydice.  In New Orleans, the krewe established themselves as a superkrewe with their first parade in 1994 that rolled with 700 riders, a record.  Lundi Gras night (in the slot previously held by Proteus prior to 1992) Orpheus takes to the streets with a bevy of signature floats, including the fiberoptic Leviathan , the Smokey Mary, the Trojan Horse, and the Dolly Trolley; the streetcar used in the musical motion picture "Hello Dolly!"
The krewe was formed by Captain Harry Connick, Jr. international music star and native New Orleanian.
This krewe has Greek linksThis krewe shares a Greek theme with the krewes of Adonis, Aphrodite, Argus Atlas Endymion, Hermes Iris Jason Morpheus Muses, Okeanos, Pegasus, Proteus Morpheus Pygmalion Rhea, Sparta, and  Zeus.
FlambeauThis krewe is among those krewes that present flambeaux, including the krewes of
Babylon, Chaos, d'Etat, Druids, Hermes, Proteus, Saturn, and Sparta.

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




Krewe of

The character and name of Prof. Carl Nivale are registered trademarks of Treehouse Players of New Orleans and its owners.
All images and text contained in these pages (except where noted) are the sole property of Treehouse Players and its associates, and may not be utilized or reproduced in any other media without the express written consent of Treehouse Players.