About the Original Krewe of Orpheus


The Orginal Krewe of Orpheus would like to congratulate the Louisiana Cajun Navy for being selected as this years parade Grand Marshall's. Please visit their site at www.louisianacajunnavy.org





King 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!) 

King 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. 

Spots 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.

Please 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 date.


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" 


And how about those floats...

If you would like to view the Original Krewe of Orpheus' potential 2018 Mardi Gras floats, please 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 2017 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  

Want to become a member of The Original Krewe of Orpheus...

IIf you would like to join in on the fun of being a member of the Original Krewe of Orpheus, as well as enjoying the camaraderie and  fellowship that goes along with that membership...and not to mention being able to ride in a very popular Mardi Gras Parade,  then just click here to download a membership application/a> .

AAnd for the young ladies that would like to be a Maid or Junior Maid of the Original Krewe of Orpheus,
please click here to download the application/a>.

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