About the Original Krewe of Orpheus


June 29, 2018...the Dodson / LaPine float krewe  first annual Texas Holdem tournament.
May 5, 2018...the Cinco de Derby Float Party. Take a look.

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.

Our "Throws"...

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" 


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Want to see the pictures from The Original Krewe Of Orpheus 2018 Mardi Gras Parade? ...click here.

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 2018 Original Krewe of Orpheus Officers and Directors...

John S. Lawrence Jr. - Captain Chuck Dugas - President Eddie Pablovich, VP & Throws Chair
Jim McIntyre, Secretary & Membership Chair Fred Gugenheimer - Membership Rally Chair James Cordell, Board Member & Head of Security
Bobby Shomaker, Board Member Brent Silva, Board Member & Sports Advisor Ray Vega, Board Member & Krewe IT Advisor
Roger  Ferris, Advisor to the Board & Parade Line-up ChairFerris Steve Berkhalter & Lou Gomez - Survivor Party Co-Chairs Otto Mehrgut - Co-Royalty Advisor
Floyd Simeon - Co-Royalty Advisor Susie Welch - Social Media Advisor Kevin Buccola - Board Member

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