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New Arty Carnival Krewe Seeks to Create New Breed of Parade!!

new Mardi Gras Krewe of Kolossos

new Mardi Gras Krewe of Kolossos

It’s still possible to reinvent the wheel when it comes to Mardi Gras parades. It’s not easy, but it can be done. When parading down St. Charles avenue, convention rules, since the New Orleans City Council creates the rules for major parades. If you want to parade and do your own thing, that’s more than possible though it’s a ton of work; hence Krewe du Vieux, ‘tit REX, Krewe of St. Anne, Krewe of Chewbaccus, etc. Most of these are in the Bywater, 7th ward, or Marigny. Most roll of Fat Tuesday, and most are really fabulous. Kolossos is headquartered in and will march in Marigny and Bywater.

The spanking new Krewe of Kolossos is seeking to “create a new breed of parade,” utilizing tradition while drawing on ideas of environmental sustainability and reuse, art director Steven Donnelly said.

The idea for the krewe came from a partnership with grand marshal-elect Karina Nathan, the artist a.k.a. Katrina Brees. Donnelly’s drum cart creation, a mobile performance art drum show and Nathan’s Bearded Oysters, an all female marching and social group. Both share a love of a good party, and Kolossos was formed with this in mind.

The krewe has around 200 members. While the membership is open, the majority of members are artists, including sculptors, costumiers, performance artists, etc.

Krewe of Kolossos float

Krewe of Kolossos float

Tricycle-powered floats using recycled materials, mostly, will change into paper-mache animals, incorporating a large variety of previously used float props, including paper-mache eyeballs, 8-foot spiders, and pieces of castles from past parades.

Their throws will also be very different than beads and doubloons. Krewe du Vieux throws some beads, but all krewe throws are original. The world famous all natural Zulu Coconut, except for paint, and decorations, are the locally handcrafted model for their throws. To this end, Kolossos is seeking new alternatives to ship containers full of Mardi Gras beads from China.

Zulu Coconut Muses Shoe 2009

Zulu Coconut Muses Shoe 2009


Since no date for the parade has been mentioned, it’s obvious there is no date for their inaugural parade. Initially, the krewe planned to parade on New Year’s Eve, but NOPD denied the permit application, stating their resources would be spread too thin.

Co Founder Donnelly understood the objections, there are bills to pay to obtain a permit. “Apocalypse Ball,” on the other hand, is on. It will start at 10 p.m. at Siberia on New Year’s Eve. The Bearded Oysters Parade Club, krewe members and the Drumcart will be part of the festivities, all for $25 per ticket. For tickets, email, or call 504-905-2830.

There are still krewe memberships available, check out


Bearded Oyster Ladies at Krewe of O.A.K. event

Bearded Oyster Ladies at Krewe of O.A.K. event photo courtesy of


Is the King of Carnival Shrinking in Stature??


Quite possibly, as they are going after the smallest parade in all of Carnival, the ‘Tit Rex parade!! This cool little parade is composed of shoe box sized floats, and they throw miniature doubloons, beads, etc. As to their name, ‘tit is short for the french word for small, ‘petit’.

Now ‘tit Rex wasn’t as well known as the King of Carnival, but now that the Times-Picayune newspaper has thrown a big picture of the diminutive krewe on the front page of today’s paper, along with a nice story covering these developments, ‘tit Rex’s popularity has soared.

'Tit Rex parade float

‘Tit Rex parade float

King of Carnival's King float on St. Charles Avenue

Rex King float

Rex has asked them to stop using their name, as the King of Carnival, in all their wisdom, think the name ‘tit REX will confuse the public. Rex attorney Andrew Rinker Jr said that allowing ‘tit Rex to keep their name would embolden other groups to follow suit, diminishing the uniqueness of the name. ‘Tit Rex doesn’t have an attorney at this point, but if Rex files suit, they will surely obtain one.

Rex was formed in 1872, and ‘tit Rex has staged 3 parades to date, so they began around 2008. ‘Tit Rex was inspired by the miniature floats children create during Mardi Gras.  Rex is considered by many the high point of Fat Tuesday.

Based on these facts, I think Rex is making a mountain out of mole hill. I don’t think anyone in their right mind would confuse a few shoe box sized floats in the Bywater neighborhood with the mighty King of Carnival, which heads down world famous St. Charles Avenue on Fat Tuesday morning at 10:00 am sharp.

This kind of  baloney can only happen in the Crescent City!

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