ROYAL COURT OF THE KREWE
Mardi Gras ‘Carnival Krewes’ follow a standard parade format with the captain appearing at the head of the procession, either on a special float, in a convertible or on horseback. Next come the officers, the king and queen, the maids and dukes, and finally the floats that carry riding members.
The method of selecting Mardi Gras ‘Krewe Royalty’ varies from krewe to krewe. Some use an inner circle of members to choose the King while others hold random drawings to elect their King or Queen. Elaborate ceremonies called “coronation balls” celebrate the year’s newly crowned royalty.
Mardi Gras parade Krewes are chartered as non-profit entities. They are financed by dues, by the sale of krewe-emblemed merchandise to the members and by fund-raising projects.