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The Krewes|Festivities

The Krewes
A krewe is a carnival organization. They give annual parades and balls.

After the war years, Houma had time for frivolty and fun.In 1947, Houma had its first carnival organization- the Houma-Terrebonne Carnival Club - founded. It later came to be called the Krewe of Houmas, after the indian symbolizing its Krewe Crest.

In 1950 a second group- the Greater Houma Carnival Club was organized. It disbanded but later reorganized in 1959 as the Terre Carnival Club of Houma- Krewe of Terranians.

The krewe of Christopher, which was organized in 1964, holds only a tableau and a ball. Originally members incuded members of the Knights of Columbus and Husbands of Catholic Daughters.

The ladies' Krewe of Hyacinthians formed in 1951. Their first parade and ball were held on february 21, 1952.

In 1957 members of the Greater Houma Volunteer Fire Company formed the nonparading Krewe of Flames. In 1983, the ladies' Krewe of Aphrodite formed and paraded for the first time.

Through the years, other krewes have formed. of those, they are Hercules, Aquarius, Cleopatra, and Kajuns. The most recent addition was the Krewe of Mardi Gras, formed in 1995.


Festivities

Parties

Every year, the krewes of Houma throw enormous parties. The parties begin with the coming of the carnival season and don't end until Fat Tuesday. The parties are a flurry of presentation dances, parties, and tableaux and balls.

King Cakes

These parties always have king cakes. King cakes originated, like mardi Gras, from the pagans. They had a celebration where a young man was to be treated like a king for a full year. He was denied nothing during his reign. After the year was over, he became a human sacrifice to the gods.

To thwart this custom, the Christian Church encouraged an observance calling for the preperation of a king cake containing a bean. Whoever recieved the bean became king for a week. Eventually this tradition replaced the sacrificial pagan rite.

Parades

The season accelerates when floats, actually beautifully decorated flat bed trucks, flank the parade route. Reviewing stands going up in front of City Hall herald the approach of parading krewes.

During these parades ordinarily sedate men, usually seen winthree piece suits, are tranformed into specimens of kiss throwing dukes. Float riders hurtle trinkets to spectators below.

Parades are typified by shriners on motorcycles and dune buggies , the piercing sirens of police cars; bands and marching units from junior highs and high schools; and spectators clutching armfuls of necklaces.

Throws
Throwing trinkets from the float is borrowed from the pagans. the pagans show their appreciation to their gods by throwing flour (the symbol of life) into the fields. Maskers on floats throw to the crowds in appreciation for coming to witness the parade.

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