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 The Krewe of Proteus (Orleans Parish)
The Krewe of Proteus
Krewe organized in 1882
ceased marching in 1993, resumed in 2000
250 male riders
20 floats
17 marching bands
Traditional Old-Line-style parade
King (never revealed), Queen
!BONANZA!  Everything Proteus is collectible!
Proteus is the second-oldest Carnival krewe in New Orleans, and now the oldest of the parading krewes.
All Hail Proteus!
In Greek mythology, Proteus is the shepherd of the ocean, serving as the master of the herd for Poseidon's seals, and known to sailors the world over as The Old Man In The Sea.  But in New Orleans, Proteus is one of the Three Gods of Mardi Gras, second only to the great Comus.  When people think of the grandeur of Carnival they imagine Proteus, whose ornate tableaux and lavish parades still command attention today.  The krewe is also responsible for beginning the tradition of "call-outs";  the proper method of inviting a lady to dance at a ball.  Due to an ordinance spearheaded by Dorothy Mae Taylor,  Proteus stopped marching in 1993, but returned to the streets in 2000 to herald the arrival of the new millenium and well received they were.  The return of Proteus re-established a link to the origins of modern Carnival and gave the celebrations a more nostalgic feel, particularly the recreation of the original 1882 King's float.  But it is the king's iconoclastic sea shell float that provides one of the most recognizable images of Carnival.
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 Orpheus Pegasus, 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, OrpheusSaturn, 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




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