Inside the Rex den: The history and floats of N.O.'s most celebrated parade

Inside the Rex den: The history and floats of N.O.'s most celebrated parade

Credit: Photo by Chad Bower / Eyewitness News

One of New Orleans’ most celebrated parades, Rex is held each year on Fat Tuesday, the final day of Mardi Gras. Its 139 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, 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.

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by Chad Bower / Eyewitness News

wwltv.com

Posted on February 18, 2011 at 12:34 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 18 at 6:38 PM

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.

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