Most People Dont Know How These 11 Mardi Gras Parades In Louisiana Got Their Start

It’s Carnaval time! While the origins of Mardi Gras can be traced back to medieval Europe, New Orleans didn’t form their first official Krewe until 1856 with the Mistck Krewe of Comus. While Comus doesn’t roll today, it gave way to the Mardi Gras as we know it, with floats and throws and masked balls. With Mardi Gras Day quickly approaching (or not quickly enough!) we thought we’d reflect on how some of the krewes we know and love got their start.

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