Bacchus parades in New Orleans,
Bacchus was founded in 1968 and will hold its 31st
anniversary parade in 1999.
Bacchus' theme for 1999 is A Tribute to Jules Verne.
Bacchus will have 27 floats in 1999 including several
signature floats. The signature floats include:
Bacchusaurus (a dinosaur), King Kong, Mamma Kong and Baby
Kong, The three piece Bacchagator (which appeared as an
albino alligator for the first time in 1997), and
Baccha-Whoppa (a whale).
Bacchus is named for the Roman god of wine.
Bacchus always has a celebrity monarch.
Bacchus has approximately 950 members.
Bacchus has a web site which can be found at: http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/6737/bacchus.htm.
The History of Bacchus
Bacchus is the lusty mythological
ruler of wine who returns kindness extended to him by his
subjects with a "gift of the grape." The
Carnival Krewe of Bacchus was formed 30 years ago and it
changed the way the Mardi Gras celebration had been
conducted for more than a hundred years.
Owen "Pip" Brennan Jr. and a group of 13
friends got together at Brennan's Restaurant and decided
to form Bacchus. It was conceived to put spark back into
business flat times and the celebration itself. Brennan
and his friends opened the Mardi Gras celebration to
tourists, ignoring the "shalt nots" who ruled
the rigid Carnival religion prior to that time. They
could attend the ball and fully participate in the gala
festivities. Another first was the introduction of
celebrities as King of Bacchus. Take a look at a complete
list of the 30 Kings and Themes of Bacchus The King
receives no compensation except expenses for themselvs
and their entourage (usually 4 - 6 people).
Bacchus started with 250 members and 15 floats. The cost
of the first parade in 1969 was approximately $100,000.
The Parade today costs between $1 million and $2 million.
It has grown to over 950 members and more than 25 floats
including several Trademark Super Floatssuch as the
Bacchagator, the Bacchasaurus, and the Baccha-Whoppa.
Our Parade is held on the Sunday before Mardi Gras Day
and draws crowds of several hundred thousands every year.
See a few parade photos here.
Our parade route travels 6 1/2 miles through New Orleans
and we end up bringing all the massive floats, the
marching bands, and other ceremonial escort groups inside
the Morial Convention Center for a "small"
party of over 5000 guests from all over the country. This
is a black tie affair for everybody except the members
who remain in costume. It is really amusing to watch the
guests in their finery crawling on the floor for beads,
cups, and other Bacchus throws! The party is known as the
Rendezvous and celebrity entertainment adds to the
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