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The Krewe of Orpheus (1993) is a relatively recent New Orleans Mardi Gras super krewe which puts on one of the largest parades in the famous Carnival celebrations of New Orleans, Louisianamarker. The krewe was founded in 1993 by Harry Connick, Jr. & Sr. with Sonny Borey.


The Krewe accepts members of either gender and any race or ethnicity, and quickly became one of New Orleans' largest, after it was founded in 1993.It is a music-based krewe, taking its name from Orpheus {ohr'-fee-uhs}

of Classical mythology. The Krewe of Orpheus was founded by Harry Connick Jr., his father, Harry Connick, Sr., and Sonny Borey. When the krewe had their first parade, on February 14, 1994, it was a record high 700 riders on their parade, and they had then already established themselves as a superkrewe. The Krewe of Orpheus was the first super Krewe to include both men and women.


The Krewe of Orpheus parades on St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street on Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) - the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday). The parade ends inside the Convention Center where Orpheuscapade begins. In addition to the floats, the parade also includes "flambeaux," stilt-walkers and several marching bands.

Parade themes

  • 2009 The Whimsical World of How and Why
  • 2008 Cocktail Concoctions
  • 2007 Tales of Transformation
  • 2006 Signs and Superstitions
  • 2005 Dance of the Hours
  • 2004 Serenades of the Seasons - a tribute to the sights, colors and sounds that mark the changing tides of the year.
  • 2003 A Flourish of Fetes and Feasts
  • 2001 Crescendos of Creation
  • 2000 Musical Metamorpheus
  • 1999 Premieres of the French Opera
  • 1996 Phoenix
  • 1995 Lyrical Legend of Orpheus
  • 1994 Rhythm, Rhyme & Revelry [140139]

Celebrity monarchs

Other celebrity monarchs for the Krewe of Orpheus include Camryn Manheim, Debbie Allen, Tommy Tune, James Brown, David Copperfield, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Josh Gracin and Christian LeBlanc.


The Leviathan stored at Mardi Gras World, New Orleans
Per 2008, the krewe has 36 floats.Harry Connick, Jr. wrote and recorded a song for his 1994 album She, called "Here Comes the Big Parade". The song's musicvideo shows clips from floats in the parade. The floats have a large amount of flowers, gilding and gold leaf. The flowers are made out of cardboard, wire, paint, gold leafing, some of paper mache, etc.

Notable floats

  • In 2004, they bought the Orpheus Dolly Trolley, the original trolley that was in Hello Dolly with Barbra Streisand.
  • The Smoking Mary (Smokey Mary) is a float that looks like a steam locomotive
  • The Orpheus Leviathan Float has been part of the parade since 1998. It's a , fiber-optic float. The first float ever to use fibre optic lighting.
  • Trojan Horse


The throws include emblem beads, stuffed animals, signature beads, light-up Orpheus medallion beads, cups, three different types of doubloons.


After the parade everything is stored at Mardi Gras World. The floats are taken apart and re-built there every year.


The parade ends inside the Ernest N.marker Morial Convention Centermarker where Orpheuscapade begins. Orpheuscapade is the post-parade black-tie party, that includes live music, food, and dancing, and it's open to the public by paid admission. The Orpheuscapade draws a crowd of over 5000 people each year.

Performers for the 2008 Orpheuscapade include: Josh Gracin, Salt-N-Pepa, Amanda Shaw and the Cute Guys, Rebirth Brass Band, Bucktown Allstars, and Sha'on and the Girls with Success.



  1. "Krewe of Orpheus Parade" (notes), webpage: CityGuide-NOLA.
  2. The mythological name "Orpheus" is commonly pronounced "ohr'-fee-uhs" in English, although some names have a different pronunciation in ancient Greek; see "Encyclopedia Mythica: Pronunciation guide" webpage: Pantheon-pronun.
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