About the Original Krewe of
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