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 The Knights of Sparta (Orleans Parish)
Knights of Sparta Krewe organized in 1952
350+ male riders
19 floats
15 marching bands
King and Queen, Prince, Princess,
Officers, Lieutenants
Look for krewe-emblem cups, jumbo hand-painted medallion beads, and doubloons in silver, purple, green, and gold, as well as the red doubloons thrown exclusively by the riding officers and lieutenants.
Their motto is : 
Best Parading and Ball Organization.
Each year, a Prince and a Princess are selected from the Cystic Fibrosis Society.
Formerly a ball organization, the Knights of Sparta began parading in 1981, its traditional style led in high fashion by its captain upon a white stallion and his 'shadow', a young lad astride a white steed.  A strong equestrian showing in this parade, with the King's Float drawn by a four mule team.  This is also the first parade of the season to feature old-line flambeaux carriers, and traditionally initiates the St. Charles Avenue route for the parade season.
The krewe takes its name from the city-state in southern Greece, renowned for its simple, stoic ways and exemplary disciplines.
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, Proteus Morpheus Pygmalion Rhea, and  Zeus.
FlambeauThis krewe is among those krewes that present flambeaux, including the krewes of
Babylon, Chaos, d'Etat, Druids, Hermes, Orpheus, Proteus,and Saturn.
This krewe allows children to ride or is committed to children's causes.This krewe shares a committment to children's causes with the krewes of Aladdin, Centurions, Choctaw, Grela, Jason, Little Rascals, Mid-City, Muses, Shangri-La, and Thoth.

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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