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  Mystick Krewe of Comus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Mystick Krewe of Comus (founded in 1856) is a New Orleans, Louisiana Carnival krewe.
Prior to the advent of Comus, Carnival celebrations in New Orleans were mostly confined to the Roman Catholic Creole community, and parades were irregular and often very informally organized.
The first Comus parade was held on Mardi Gras 1857, and this became an annual event.
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 Krewe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
A Krewe is an organization that puts on a parade and or a ball for the New Orleans Carnival season (Mardi Gras).
The word is thought to have been coined in the early 19th century by an organization calling themselves Ye Mystick Krewe of Comus, as an imitation or parody of olde English; with time it became the most common term for a New Orleans Carnival organization.
Krewes with low membership fees may also require members to work to help build and decorate the parade floats and make their own costumes; higher priced krewes hire professionals to do this work.
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 Mystick Krewe of Comus
Members of Comus are always masked at when appearing in public at Krewe events, and their identies is supposed to remain unknown.
(Comus also did not stage parades for a number of years, so that by the late 20th century Rex, although 16 years younger than Comus, had held more parades.) The Comus parades became known for their sometimes obscure themes relating to ancient history and mythology.
The Comus organization (along with Momus, another 19th century Krewe) decided to no longer parade rather than to either change their bylaws or pay for the municipal expenses of their parade.
www.teachersparadise.com /ency/en/wikipedia/m/my/mystick_krewe_of_comus.html   (428 words)

  
 Mardi Gras Krewes
Krewes are the masking and parading clubs for which New Orleans is both famous and infamous.
Comus members are the most discriminatory of the old-liners, and up until a generation ago, they wouldn't even admit Catholics to their ranks.
This parading krewe was formed in 1947 to bring Mardi Gras to institutions for children and adults with disabilities.
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 Mardi Gras: The Krewes And The Parades
Krewes are the masking and parading clubs (or social organizations) for which New Orleans is both famous and infamous.
Babylon: This Krewe was begun by a New Orleans dentist in 1939.
Associated with the Krewe of Clones and later, the Krewe de Vieux, the origin of Phunny Phorty Phellows' name came from a Nineteenth Century Krewe which first appeared in 1878 and were known for their hijinks and mockery.
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 Ye Krewe Of Pewter Pirates Buccaneers Fanatical Football Fan Club   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
As an active member of Ye Krewe of Pewter Pirates, it's time to stop being a watcher and become a marcher and you don't have to be able to play a musical instrument, or have been elected to office, or be beautiful, or have been in space.
The majority of Krewe's require members to purchase colorful costumes that are worn to all parades and social events, The costumes complement the Krewe's overall theme and appearance.
Krewe's are very popular with the public because most krewe s pass out beads, coins or other trinkets to the crowd.
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 What is a Krewe?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The krewes used to be responsible for electing Rex, the annual king of the carnival, whose parade is the climax of Mardi Gras.
Krewe is only a fanciful spelling of crew in its standard meaning, but the word, thanks to its association with Mardi Gras and New Orleans high society, has taken on some of the mystique of the carnival.
Comus, Momus, are now organizations, not a Krewe, as is the Original Illinois Club, and any group that does not parade, becomes an organization the day they stop parading.
www.mardigrasdigest.com /html/What_is_a_Krewe.htm   (271 words)

  
 Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Blake Pontchartrain™ 03 09 04
It's pretty well known that Comus was the start of the "modern" Mardi Gras krewes, and that it was a group of businessmen who visited Mobile, Ala., to learn how to form a krewe and a parade.
Based on this poem that referred to "Comus and his crew" Pope suggested their secret society should be called -- with a few creative changes in spelling -- the Mystick Krewe of Comus.
Comus continued to parade and have elaborate masked balls until 1862, when they announced that due to the war, the parade was cancelled.
www.bestofneworleans.com /dispatch/2004-03-09/blake.html   (593 words)

  
 Rex parade   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The first King of Rex (businessman Louis Solomon) was Jewish, although for a number of years in the early 20th century Rex prohibited entrance into the organization of any new Jewish members.
Rex is categorized as one of the four New Orleans "Super Krewes" for the very large size of the parade; the others (Endymion, Baccus, and Orpheus) were all founded in the 2nd half of the 20th century and parade during nights in the days leading up to Mardi Gras.
Rex is the only 19th century krewe and the only "super krewe" to parade during the daytime.
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 New Orleans Mardi Gras
In 1857 the Mystick Krewe of Comus, a secret society, was formed by a group of men.
They were the first krewe to parade and planned their parade around a theme using mockery and satire, a tradition that was adopted by other krewes and still stands today.
Krewes choose a theme for their parade and decorate floats elaborately in parade theme.
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 krewe - yourDictionary.com - American Heritage Dictionary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The krewes are responsible for electing Rex, the annual king of the carnival, whose parade is the climax of Mardi Gras.
While masked paraders had long been a part of Mardi Gras, the first carnival group organized as such was the Mystick Krewe of Comus in 1857.
Krewe is only an imitation of an old-fashioned spelling of crew in its standard meaning, but the word, thanks to its association with Mardi Gras and New Orleans high society, has taken on some of the mystique of the carnival.
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 Mardi Gras
Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings of cheap colorful beads, dubloons (aluminium discs usually impressed with the Krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, and small inexpensive toys.
On Mardi Gras of 1857 the Mystick Krewe of Comus held its first parade.
It started a number of continuing traditions, and is considered the first Carnival Krewe in the modern sense.
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 Mystick Krewe of Comus: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
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 Krewe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
Krewe of Gemini's 'Memories'Biloxi Sun Herald, USA - Mar 31, 2006The Krewe of Gemini took great pride in continuing the tradition of celebrating its 37th annual Carnival Ball on Feb. 17 at the Orange Grove Community Center.
Lodge, Krewe of Elks celebrateSunHerald.com, MS - Mar 15, 2006Elks Lodge 2501 of Ocean Springs and the Krewe of Elks welcomed the 2006 Mardi Gras season Jan. 21 at the Ocean Springs Civic Center...
Krewe de Cannaile celebrated 19th ballThe Daily Advertiser, LA - Mar 7, 2006The Krewe de Cannaile celebrated its 19th annual Bal de Mardi Gras Feb. 24 at La Poussiere Dance Hall in Breaux Bridge.
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 Mystick Krewe of Comus: Encyclopedia topic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The Mystick Krewe of Comus (founded in 1856) is a New Orleans, Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana: more facts about this subject) Carnival (Carnival: A traveling show; having sideshows and rides and games of skill etc.) Krewe (Krewe: a krewe is an organization that puts on a parade and or a ball for the new orleans...
Part of the inspiration for the parade was a Carnival group in Mobile, Alabama (Mobile, Alabama: more facts about this subject) called the Cowbellions.
It was much smaller than both the more modern parades and its fellow 19th century Mardi Gras day parade Rex (Rex: rex (founded 1872) is a new orleans carnival krewe which stages the citys...
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 Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Cover Story 02 25 03
In 1993, Schindler rode the Krewe du Vieux king's float as Sarcophagus I and placed a funeral wreath at the Boston Club to mourn the passing of the old-line parades.
Comus had mythic proportions even before it retreated from public parading in the face of the City Council ordinance that Dorothy Mae Taylor introduced in 1992, which made racial integration a requirement for a parade permit.
Comus and Momus have chosen not to parade for the past 10 years, rather than revise their membership procedures.
www.bestofneworleans.com /dispatch/2003-02-25/cover_story.html   (4745 words)

  
 [word-l] krewe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
These groups, which often contain successive generations of family members, are called "krewes," after 1857's "Mystick Krewe of Comus," a pidgin Old English name for a group of socialites strafing New Orleans from the deck of whatever passed for a float back then.
Walker Percy, in his book _The Moviegoer_, which takes place in Louisiana, is so kind as to define "krewe": It is still a week before Mardi Gras and this is a new parade, a women's krewe from Gentilly.
A krewe is a group of people who get together at carnival time and put on a parade and a ball.
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 The History of Mardi Gras in Louisiana - Southcentral USA
In 1857 a secret society call the Mystick Krewe of Comus was born as the brain child of six young men from Mobile.
Comus planed their first parade around a theme chose one of these six to be King and this is a tradition that has lasted till now.
The Krewes and their Balls and Parades are not just in New Orleans they are all along the Gulf Coast States.
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 Cajun Mardi Gras - Mystery and Magic Returns to Tower District - Tower District News
Perennial rumors include: one (or all) of the krewes are bankrupt; Schwegmann's Giant Supermarket has sold out of ice picks; a rider in Iris threw her three-carat diamond to the crowd by mistake; or the real queen of Comus got pregnant and the new one is a last minute replacement.
Of the 60 or so parade krewes, only three old-line krewes whose traditions stem from nineteenth-century elitist sensibilities viewed this as "cultural terrorism" and refused to comply: they were Mystick Krewe of Comus, the Knights of Momus, and the Krewe of Proteus.
KREWE - (pronounced "crow") this is a term with Old English flavor, first used by the Krewe of Comus in 1857 to name a Carnival organization
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The Krewe of Rex was the first organized group to elect a “King”, who’s name was not revealed until parade day.
The Krewe of Rex also chose the official Mardi Gras colors that are still used today, purple symbolizing justice, green symbolizing faith, and gold symbolizing power.
In 1909 the all fl Krewe of Zulu was formed and now the Zulu parade is one of the most favorite among parade goers.
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 Gamma Theta Chapter - Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity - About Mardi Gras
Comus planned the first parade around a theme and used flambeauxs to light the procession.
The Krewe of Rex formed in 1872 -- principally to entertain the visiting Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff of Russia.
In 1877, after a brief interruption from the Civil War and the unrest that followed, the Krewe of Momus held a parade with the theme "Hades, a Dream of Momus" to ridicule President Grant and his Administration.
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 Mardi Gras - Carnival, New Orleans
They formed the Mystick Krewe of Comus, a social club that staged the first New Orleans Carnival parade on the evening of Mardi Gras in 1857.
Naming one of their number the king of the krewe (the word being deliberately spelled that way to show they were an elite society), they paraded through the streets of the French Quarter on two mule-driven floats.
By 1871, Comus had been joined by the krewes of Proteus and Momus, and a new group formed that year, known as the School of Design.
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 Annie's Mardi Gras Page
The first krewe to organize was the Mystick Krewe of Comus.
In the past, krewes were often divided between men's and women's clubs, and some were infamously exclusive.
A krewe carefully guards the identity of its royalty until Mardi Gras or the day the krewe parades and stages its ball.
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 Slidell Magazine 2000/2001   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-08)
The first organized group in New Orleans was formed on February 8, 1857, with the name The Mystick Krewe of Comus.
The name Comus was selected because he was the god of good cheer.
A krewe is a group of people who are the membership of an organization formed for a Carnival activity.
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 Zimagal Monthly Magazine - Volume One, Issue Nine
Much of the pomp employed by the old krewes comes from the entertainments planned in 1872 when the Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff came to New Orleans at carnival time in hot pursuit of actress Lydia Thompson.
Among those held during the four-day weekend are two super-parades - the Endymion parade on Saturday, which bills itself as the largest non-military parade in the world, and the Bacchus parade on Sunday.
When a mischievous few mixed pepper with their flour, the practice had to be discontinued and safer things thrown.
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 Mardi Gras
The Carnival period between Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras Day features scores of krewe balls and other Mardi Gras festivities that culminate in the big string of almost daily parades in the final two weeks.
The six men established the Mystick Krewe of Comus, which put together the first New Orleans Carnival parade on the evening of Mardi Gras in 1857.
Starting with Comus and continuing to some of the newer krewes, costuming and masking plays an important role.
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 Celebrate Mardi Gras in New Orleans! Mardi Gras krewes, live events, parades, beads, masks, and tips from locals.
Mardi Gras krewes, live events, parades, beads, masks, and tips from locals.
Most Mardi Gras Krewes developed from private social clubs that have restrictive membership policies. Since all of these parade organizations are completely funded by its members, we call it the "Greatest Free Show on Earth"!
(Comus is returning year 2000.) The most recently developed parade organizations are open and not secretive: Endymion, Bacchus, Zulu, and some Metairie parades feature superstars on their floats -- and all take place within the few days before Mardi Gras.
www.mardigrasneworleans.com /history.html   (276 words)

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