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The New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, which dates back to 1857, was originally many celebrations put on by different groups in the city, called krewes, which now raise their own funds and decorate their own floats for the main parade.
Membership in some krewes is passed down through families. The name krewe is thought to have been coined by one of the first groups, which called itself the Mistick Krewe of Comus.

Krewe - Wikipedia

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A krewe is an organization that puts on a parade or ball for the Carnival season. The term is best known for its association with New Orleans Mardi Gras, but is ...

Mardi Gras Parade Krewes | Mardi Gras New Orleans

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Each Mardi Gras Parade Krewe has a unique history and theme. Some have been around for decades, while others have been in existence for just a few years.

What is a krewe? | Reference.com

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In the context of Mardi Gras celebrations, a krewe (pronounced 'crew') is an organization of people who are responsible for arranging events such as parades ...

What is a 'Krewe'? - Mardi Gras Ball in Portland, OR

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Krewe members pay annual dues. A Krewe can also support charities and causes. Mysti Krewe was formed by former Louisiana residents, and others who enjoy ...

Mardi Gras Krewe History in Lake Charles - Visit Lake Charles

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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 ...

Mardi Gras Krewes - New Orleans Online

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New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe information about the history, balls, dates and parade routes for visitors looking to enjoy the festivites.

Mardi Gras Krewes - MardiGrasParadeSchedule.com

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Official 2017 Mardi Gras Parade Schedule including Krewe information, routes, schedule, changes, updated, rain, snow and more. Detailed look at the ...

Krewe - definition of krewe by The Free Dictionary

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One of the groups with hereditary membership whose members organize and participate as costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival. See Note at  ...

History of Krewes - Mardi Gras

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Every parade in New Orleans' Mardi Gras celebration, and there are about sixty of them each year, is sponsored by a Krewe. While there are literally dozens of ...