Some call this the 'classiest' of all the parades on the first weekend of Carnival in Orleans Parish. Having first paraded in 1981 (after staging balls for many years), Sparta has some of the touches of the old-line krewes, including a mule-drawn king's float (which was recently refurbished), flambeaux, walking figures, and its 'shadow Captain,' a young boy who follows behind the Captain. While it relishes Carnival's past, the club also has an impressive presence in cyberspace, with a neat web site, featuring photos and even a 'Captain's Journal.'

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