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 The Krewe of Pontchartrain (Orleans Parish)
The Krewe of Pontchartrain
Krewe organized in 1975
275+ male and female riders
16 floats
10 marching bands
King, Queen, Grand Marshal
Look for krewe emblem cups and the Grand Marshal's cup, .
Watch for the krewe's favorite float
Mr. Mudbug the crawfish float, and
the signature SuperGrouper float.
The unusual name of the lake that provides the namesake for this krewe comes from King Louis XIV of France.  During the French Occupation of Nouvelle Orleans, King Louis XIV's Minister of Marine in France was Louis Pontchartrain, which seemed a perfectly reasonable name for such a large, expansive lake.  Originally, the krewe's parade route ran along the shore of the lake in New Orleans East until 1991 when they moved to the Mid-City Route, then joined the mass krewe migrations to the Traditional Uptown Route.
The krewe selects its royalty at the annual Jeudi Gras Ball at the Marriot Hotel, with a band contest in the 3900 block of St. Charles Avenue.
This krewe shares a New Orleans theme This krewe shares its New Orleans theme with the krewes of Alla, Arabi, Carrollton, Grela, Mid-City, and NOMTOC.
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, Mercury, NOMTOC, Oshun, Pegasus, Saturn, du Vieux, 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




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