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Mardi Gras Floats

Organization of Mardi Gras Floats
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Dawn Combe

on 22 November 2011

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Transcript of Mardi Gras Floats

Mardi Gras
Float
Physical
Function
Motion
Length
Height
Materials
Presentation
The Organization of
MARDI GRAS FLOATS

Entertainment
Signatures
Tractors
Trucks
Others / Fuzzy Sets
One car
More Than One
Double Deckers
One Deck
Paper, Foam, Wood, Fiberglass, Plaster
Tin or Gold Leaf
Lights
Royalty
Bands
Theme
Tires
Wooden
Wheels
Bikes
Feet?
Wagons
Mardi Gras Floats
Krewe / Throws
Day
Night
The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday often observed (as in New Orleans) with parades and festivities.
1st Mardi Gras parade with floats in New
Orleans was in 1857 by the Mystic Krewe of
Comus.
There are over 70 Parading Krewes in and around New
Orleans today with new ones forming each year.
Mardi Gras Krewes
Carnival season begins on Twelfth Night with a King Cake and street car party and ends depending on date of Easter Sunday.


A decorated exhibit or scene mounted
on a mobile platform and pulled or
driven in a parade.
20-40 Floats per parade- That's a Lot of floats!
Since 1947, Blain Kern studios makes 90%
of the floats. Most are rented and limited to
two runs per season.
A krewe is any group or organization of revelers to band together to host a Mardi Gras ball, ride on a Mardi Gras parade float and participate in social events throughout the year.

Parading Krewes are organized by member numbers as well as the size and number of floats.

Old- Line Krewes: Rex, Zulu, Proteus

Super Krewes: Bacchus, Endymion. Orpheus

Krewes: Hermes, Thoth, Tucks

Mini-Krewes: Little Rex, Krewe du Vieux

All Female Krewes: Muses, Iris

All Canine Krewes: Barkus
Brings a billion dollars to New Orleans and
up to 50 tons of trash.
Weight
Courir de Mardi Gras
Truck Parade
Guest Riders
With Riders
Without Riders
References
Mardi Gras Fundamentals
By Arthur Hardy
http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/mgfund.html

Mardi Gras Floats
Mardi Gras Krewes’ Greatest Display of Style, Spectacle, and Design
http://www.allaboutmardigras.com/History/floats.html

Slidell man plays key role for 30 years in building Mardi Gras floats
http://slidell-independent.com/lead-article/slidell-man-plays-key-role-for-30-years-in-building-mardi-gras-floats/

New Orleans- Bethany Ewald Bultman; Compass American Guides, 1999.

Authentic New Orleans- Kevin Fox Gotham; New York University Press, 2007.

Float is a vehicle with four (4) or more wheels without brakes or an engine for its own propulsion, upon which is constructed artistic designs and which carries costumed and masked riders.
Dawn Combe
LI 804
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