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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.

As the years past, this individualistic band would add many imaginative traditions as it saw fit. In only their second year, for instance, the krewe introduced to Carnival colored neon lights to outline features of a float. In complement with the flares of the marching flambeaux, this made for a procession like no reveler had seen before.

Mystic Krewe of Hermes

In the early days, float creation emphasized craftsmanship, detail and story, and Hermes is known for upholding these ideals. The float parade is the culmination of a season of events which intensify on the final week. The night before the parade is the Hermes Grand Ball, where the King and His Court are presented in an elaborate ceremony, followed by a boisterous Supper Dance. And while the King is the center attraction, his identity is kept secret in keeping with tradition.

Hermes is also known for an unusual and longtime tradition, the Walking Parade, held earlier that Friday in the French Quarter. After lunch with friends and fellow float riders, the members, dressed in suits and krewe ties and laden with beads to throw, spill from various restaurants and gather on Royal and St. Louis Streets. High school marching bands thunder to life and lead the procession through the Quarter on its way to dress for the night parade.

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has loved art, crafts and making things for as long as she can remember. She began documenting her love of all things handmade in 2006 with her blog. Mallory is proud to be one of the founding members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia. In her online shop and at local events around the greater New Orleans area, she sells handmade work made by herself as well as made by many other artists. In her online shop, you'll find an entire section dedicated to gifts inspired by New Orleans.



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