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Rex Ball (21 images)


Rex is the oldest Mardi Gras krewe still parading and is responsible for many traditions, including the colors of Carnival and the doubloon. Rex Ball, and the meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus, traditionally signals the end of the Mardi Gras season.

Rex was started in 1872 by local businessmen, partly to put on a parade for the visiting Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia but mostly to drum up the economy in a post Civil War New Orleans. While very much a...
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