A Krewe (pronounced in the same way as "crew") is an organization that puts on a parade and or a ball for the Carnival season. The term is best known for its association with New Orleans Mardi Gras, but is also used in other Carnival celebrations around the Gulf of Mexico Coast, such as the Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa, Florida, and Springtime Tallahassee.

The word is thought to have been coined in the early 19th century by an organization calling themselves Ye Mistick Krewe of Comus, as an archaic affectation; with time it became the most common term for a New Orleans Carnival organization. The Mystick Krewe of Comus itself was inspired by a Mobile mystic society, with annual parades in Mobile, Alabama, called the "Cowbellion de Rakin Society" that dated from 1830."Carnival/Mobile Mardi Gras Timeline" (list of events),The Museum of Mobile, 2002, webpage: [ MoM-timeline] .]

Krewe members are assessed fees in order to pay for the parade and/or ball. Fees can range from thousands of dollars a year per person for the most elaborate parades to as little as $20 a year for smaller marching clubs. Criteria for krewe membership varies similarly, ranging from exclusive organizations largely limited to relatives of previous members to other organizations open to anyone able to pay the membership fee. 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. Parading krewe members are usually additionally responsible for buying their own "throws", the trinkets thrown to parade spectators according to New Orleans tradition.

Some Krewes also have other events like private dances or parties for members throughout the year. Some also make a point of supporting charities and good causes.


List of Krewes

* Krewe du Vieux
* Krewe of Carnivale en Rio
* Krewe of Endymion
* Krewe of Tucks
* Krewe of Bacchus
* Krewe of Orpheus
* The Original Krewe of Orpheus
* Krewe of Barkus
* Mistick Krewe of Comus
* Krewe of Muses
* Rex
* Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club
* Pet de Kat Krewe
* Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla
* Comparsa
* Krewe of Orion
* Krewe of Lafitte
* Phunny Phorty Phellows
* Krewe of Alla
* Krewe of Little Rascals
* Krewe of Cleopatra
* Krewe of Oshun
* Krewe of Choctaw
* Krewe of Excalibur
* Krewe of Atlas
* Krewe of Eve
* Krewe of Pygmalion
* Mystic Knights of Adonis
* Mystic Krewe of Shangri-La
* Krewe of Caesar
* Ancient Druids
* Krewe of Thor
* Knights of Babylon
* Knights of Chaos
* Krewe of Dionysus
* Hermes
* Le Krewe d'Etat
* Krewe of Aquila
* Knights of Jason
* Krewe of Morpheus
* Krewe of Iris
* Krewe of Isis
* Corps de Napoleon
* Krewe of Thoth
* Krewe of Mid-City
* Krewe of Tchefuncte
* Krewe of Proteus
* Krewe of Zeus
* Krewe of Argus
* Krewe of Rhea
* Krewe of Centurions
* Knights of King Arthur
* Krewe of Who (Galveston, TX-based)
* Krewe of Harpocrates (Baton Rouge, LA - 2009)
* Krewe of Microsoft TechEd (Formed at Microsoft TechEd Convention 2007)
* Krewe of Brigadoon Tampa, FL
* Thieves of San Lorenzo Tampa, FL
* Krewe of Toulouse Wetumpka, AL

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