One of New Orleans’ most celebrated parades, Rex reigns each year on Fat Tuesday, the final day of Carnival. Its 139-year history is among the city’s most storied, and to learn more about the history of the krewe, we went to its home base on S. Claiborne Avenue where all of the work on the floats is done.
We had Dr. Stephen Hales, Rex’s archivist and author of a new book on the krewe, give us a tour of the den to let us see some of the krewe’s floats and its relics of the past.
Rex rides March 8 this year. To see the route, head to our special Mardi Gras section.