Carnival History is what Krewe History is all about.

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Krewe History dot info is Carnival History

That’s the idea behind Krewe History dot info. This site, part of the NOLA History Guy family, is an eclectic collection of stories and images from Carnival in New Orleans. There’s no rhyme or reason to these, more just things that inspire us. If something inspires you, then tell us, and we’ll work on it.

Long-term project

I’ve had an idea in the back of my head for ages: create lesson plan/curriculum modules about Carnival. As a former high school history teacher, I appreciate the struggles classroom teachers have with content, reading levels, and generally catching the attention of students. Add to that the need to present material that is more diverse than the average textbook approved by the State of Texas, So, a lot of this site’s content will be, throw it up and see if it sticks in a lesson plan. If it does, fantastic. Otwe’ll still have fun discussions.

If you’re an educator, you are most welcome to chime in on the project! We can always add a forum section and such.

Getting started

The first image for Krewe History is from the 1926 parade of the Krewe of Proteus. Their theme that year was “The Fair God.” While Proteus now rolls out a “permanent” king’s float, the king rode a float matching the theme back in the day. That’s why the “god of the sea” rode a float featuring cacti in 1926.

Float designs in the early 20th Century began as pencil/charcoal sketches. Artists transformed those into watercolors. After approval from the Captain of the krewe, float-builders took over. They transformed concept into reality. They built the floats on wagon bases. Those wagons remain in use to this day. Well, not the originals, but the design.

Citation (yes, we’ll be sticklers for these, given the ultimate lesson plan goal): Watercolor on paper, 15 x 21 inches, Proteus float designs, Carnival Collection, Manuscripts Collection 900, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

The king wears a traditional costume. Over the years, Proteus morphed their king’s costume to match the god-of-the-sea overall theme.

Cross posting

Krewe History will be cross-posted to NOLA History Guy, at least for a while. Since this is a specific project, the “work” of the site will likely remain here.


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