About the Original Krewe of
****ATTENTION KREW MEMBERS****
Orpheus XXVIII, Chad Bordelon, issued a Proclamation at
the Coronation Ball which the Krewe is trying to keep.
(Note: this was a surprise to your Captain!)
Bordelon provided that due to the support through the
years by the families and friends of Krewe members that
he felt it only fair that they should be allowed to ride
behind his Family King's Float in this year's parade. He
proclaimed that men, women and some children should be
allowed to ride with him in this year's parade. After
checking with our float builder, we have a limited
ability to accommodate additional riders in this year's
parade on only a few floats of varying sizes. Please
note this will only be done on a limited "first come,
first served" basis.
are extremely limited and you need to act fast. Spaces
are filling up very quickly (even before this message
was sent out). If there are men who want to ride on a
Men's only float right behind the King they will be
allowed to ride on the "King's Men" float. If there are
women who would like to ride on a women's only float,
they will be accommodated on the King's Women's float.
If there are women and men who would like to ride on
a Co-ed float, they will be accommodated on the King's
Entourage float. If there is sufficient interest from
families that would like to ride with their children,
they will be placed on the King's Family Float.
note there is a charge to ride on these floats and the
riders will have to fill out an application,
please click here for the 2018 King's General Membership
application.. Please note if you are currently a
member you can choose to ride on one of these other
floats at no additional charge to you. But, anyone else
will have to apply for membership to the Krewe. Dues to
ride on these floats are $495 for anyone over the age of
25 years old and $250 for those under the age of 25.
Please review the application and put it in the hands of
those you think may be interested. This membership
application will shut off on January 31. We will not
have time to accommodate any additional riders past that
A little history of The Original Krewe of Orpheus...
On a balmy April's Fool evening in 1987, near the shores of Lake
Pontchartrain, eleven businessmen gathered at Benny Delauzin's
home to form a new carnival Krewe that would bring a first-class
parade to Mandeville. The ladies of the Krewe of Eve had
successfully paraded the year before. By February 12th, Orpheus
had grown to 225 men and paraded for the first time on the
Friday night before Mardi Gras in l988 with thirteen floats and
as many local and regional marching bands. Reaction was
overwhelming...both from riders and parade goers. Riders who had
ridden in other parades in New Orleans were amazed that folks
here actually say "Thank You", when tossed beads or other
throws. The family orientation of parading in Mandeville was a
pleasant departure for many seasoned riders who were used to
rowdy crowds and big city hassles. The public and press declared
Mandeville's new Krewe a "great success" and the Organization
grew into the Northshore's premier men's carnival organization.
Quality and quantity are stressed in the "Throws" department,
with the generous Krewe of Orpheus creating their own throws
throughout the years. During an early Board of Directors
discussion regarding throws, Roger Farris opined that it would
be cool to have an indigenous Krewe throw. Webb Williams went
home and began the development of a pinecone sprayed purple,
green and gold, sprinkled it with gold glitter and glued a gold
doubloon to its base. Thus the Orpheus Pineloon was born. Legend
has it that those who catch an Orpheus Pineloon and display it
in their home will experience good fortune all year long. Now,
parade goers hold up signs asking for the special throw. Float
members get together in the months preceding the parade and have
Pineloon parties, at which some pineloons actually get created.
It has become as popular as the coconut is to Zulu.
The official call and response of the hearty Krewe is: "HAIL
ORPHEUS"... "HAIL YES"
And how about those floats...
If you would like to view the Original Krewe of Orpheus'
potential 2018 Mardi Gras floats, please
Find The Original Krewe of Orpheus parade route...
The Original Krewe of Orpheus rolls on the Friday before Mardi
Gras every year. The parade rolls down the traditional
Mandeville route. Please click here to view
the route map.
The 2017 Original Krewe of Orpheus Officers and