Mardi Gras Krewe History


What is a Mardi Gras Krewe?

A krewe is any group or organization of friends who would like to band together to host a Mardi Gras ball, ride on a Mardi Gras parade float, and participate in social events throughout the year. In Southwest Louisiana, there are more than 60 krewes, a number that continues to grow each season. Each krewe is a part of a larger organization called Krewe of Krewes that formed in 1979 when the area's krewes joined together to create a parade for the community's enjoyment. Now the culmination of Southwest Louisiana Mardi Gras festivities, The Main Event formerly known as the Krewe of Krewes Parade was first held in 1980.

How to Join a Krewe:

Joining a krewe usually means that you have been invited to join, or you are friends with someone in the krewe, and you ask if you are able to join the Krewe. Depending on the krewe, there could be a waiting list to join, but if you are able to become a member through an existing krewe member's recommendation, there are typically dues that must be paid. Also, you would receive a copy of the bylaws and any agreements that the krewe has for members to remain in good standing.

How Krewes Contribute to the Community:

Each krewe has its own activities and community contributions or service projects so that the krewe's membership stays active year-round. 

Krewes with Public Events:

Most krewes have private Mardi Gras Balls without a public-facing portion beside the events established by Mardi Gras of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., such as Twelfth Night and the Royal Gala. However, the Krewe of Cosmos in Sulphur and the Krewe of Illusions both have public events and presentations that can be observed by an audience. 

The List of Active Krewes in Southwest Louisiana:

12th Night Revelers
 
Alcooliques, Krewe de les
 
Amis, Krewe des
Est. 1979
 
Athena, Krewe of
Est. 2002
 
Autre Chance, Krewe de
Est. 2003
 
Barataria, Krewe of
 
Beau Terre, Krewe de
Est. 2013
 
Bien Faire, Krewe de
Est. 2013
 
Bon Amis, Krewe des
Est. 2005
 
Bon Coeur, Krewe du
Est. 1996
 
Boot, Krewe of the
Est. 2022
 
Boucaniers, Krewe de la
 
Cajun Fous, Krewe de
Est. 2018
 
Cajuns, Krewe de les
Est. 1990
 
Carnivale, Krewe de
 
C'est la Vie Mes Amis, Krewe
Est. 1995
 
C'est Tout Bon, Krewe de
Est. 2012
 
Chaos, Krewe of
Est. 2005
 
Charlie Sioux, Krewe de
Est. 1996
 
Chetu Jadi, Krewe
Est. 1987
 
Classique, Krewe de
 
Contraband, Krewe of
Est. 1963
 
Club de la Contree, Krewe du
Est. 1990
 
Cosmos, Krewe of - Calcasieu Parish's First Merrymakers
Est. 1951
 
Couillion Cadien, Krewe des
Est. 2008
 
Couillon, Krewe du
déjà vu de Monde, Krewe
Est. 1989 
 
Embrasser Bon Vie, Krewe de
 
Famille, Krewe de la
Est. 1979
 
Feteurs, Krewe du
Est. 1984 
 
Fou, Krewe de la
 
Fous Amis, Krewe de
Est. 2016
 
Gens Contents, Krewe des
Est. 1997
 
Gens Extraordinaries, La Krewe des
 
Good Times, Krewe of
Est. 2011
 
Grande Bois, Krewe du
Est. 1980
 
Gratin, Krewe de
 
Gumbo YaYa, Krewe of
Est. 2012
 
Illusions, Krewe of
Est. 1989
 
Komova, Krewe of
Est. 1987
 
Lac, Krewe du
Est. 1983
 
L'Amitie, Krewe de
Est. 2002
 
Lapin Martelé, Krewe du
Est. 2017
 
le Originales et les Enfants, Krewe du
Est. 1998 
 
Le Revere, Krewe
 
L'eau, Krewe de
 
L'Ecore, Krewe de
Est. 1998
 
Louisianne, Krewe de la
Est. 2001
 
L'Possede, Krewe de
 
Lunatiques, Krewe des
Est. 1988
 
Madness, Krewe of
Est. 2018
 
Magnifiques, Krewe des
Est. 1998 
 
Maison Calcasieu, Krewe de la
Est. 1999
 
Maitres Fous, Krewe des
Est. 2013
 
Malicieux, Krewe du
 
Marsh, Krewe of the
Est. 2007
 
Masque, Krewe du
Est. 1998
 
Mischief, Krewe of
 
Morpheus, Krewe of
Est. 2002
 
Mystique, Krewe of
Est. 1973
 
Noblesse, Krewe de la
Est. 1985
 
Omega, Krewe of
Est. 1970 
 
Ouvert D'esprit, Krewe des
 
Paon, Krewe de
 
Passionne, Krewe de la
 
Piniere de Beauregard, Krewe de
 
Pirates, Krewe des
 
Ruckus, Krewe de
Est. 2014
 
Sauvage, Krewe du
Est. 2003
 
Soiree Chaude, Krewe de
 
Soiree, Krewe de la
Est. 2014
 
South, Krewe of the
Est. 2020
 
Tracas, Krewe de
Est. 2011
 
Trelos, Krewe de
Est. 2014
 
Vacher, Krewe de
 
Valhalla, Krewe de
 
Venus, Krewe of
Est. 2017
 
Vie Simplique, Krewe de la
 
Voleurs, Krewe des
 
Zeus, Krewe of
 

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