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Krewe of Hermes

Location: Uptown New Orleans, St. Charles Route
Date: February 9, 2024 - Time: 5:30 p.m.
Year Founded: 1937
Theme: Secret Until Parade Day
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the Krewe of Hermes

In the 1930’s, when America was still reeling from the effects of the Great Depression, a group of New Orleans businessmen met and devised a solution to the widespread woe that only

New Orleanians would: To have a party. Or more specifically, to expand the party that was Mardi Gras. They would throw a parade on Friday light, thus making Carnival a longer, five-day celebration.

No small enterprise, the new krewe would have to procure enough members and funds to pull off parading and ball productions on a scale comparable with long established organizations such as Rex, Comus and Proteus, but it was accomplished.

Krewe of Hermes Title Float - photo by Jules Richard

With the encouragement and support of such local notables as Congressman F. Edward Hebert (who chose the god Hermes as the club’s guiding hero) and Dr. Frank Oser as its first Captain, the organization made its first bow to the public on Friday, February 5, 1937. Chosen to ride as Hermes I was Colonel A. Lee Wiener, and reigning as his queen was Miss Marjorie Lee Smith.


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