"VIVITE UT VEHATIS. VEHITE UT VIVATIS"
Location: Uptown New Orleans, St. Charles Route
Date: February 9, 2024 - Time: 6:30 p.m.
Year Founded: 1996
Theme: Secret Until Parade Day
LE KREWE d'ETAT PHOTO LIBRARY
the Le Krewe d'Etat
Things to look for
Captain and Officers on horseback. Skeleton Walking Krewe handing out the D'Etat Gazette (Carnival Bulletin) leading the parade.
The theme for the parade is, as always, a closely guarded secret. The Dictator, however, assures his denizens that no rank or office is immune from his wit. All who preen in public are fair game for this irreverent band of hellions whose battle cry connotes the essence of the organization and, indeed, of Mardi Gras itself:
VIVITE UT VEHATIS. VEHITE UT VIVATIS.
Le Krewe D'etat has a "Dictator" rather than a traditional monarch. The
Dictator's identity will never be revealed to the public. This year's Le Krewe D'etat floats will, as always, depict a satirical theme.
The August members of Le Krewe d'Etat heed only edicts from their Dictator, whose identity is never revealed, and claim the streets of New Orleans annually and present a parade without peer on the Friday before Mardi Gras, or "Vendredi Gras" as it is now known.
Le Krewe d'Etat emerged in 1996 as the preeminent krewe and now boasts numerous floats with many riders. It's floats adhere to a traditional style of design that impart Le Krewe d'Etat's satirical theme, which has been voted "Best of Carnival" by critics.