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The Krewe of Zeus was actually established in 1957. In 1958 they presented the first night time parade ever held in a suburb outside of New Orleans on Metairie Road. Today they are considered the oldest parading organization in Jefferson Parish.The club became the first such krewe to own its den and the first to provide reviewing stands for special children.

Mythical Zeus, the youngest son of Cronus and Rhea, he was the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and of the Pantheon of gods who resided there. Being the supreme ruler he upheld law, justice and morals, and this made him the spiritual leader of both gods and men. Zeus was a celestial god, and originally worshiped as a weather god by the Greek tribes. As his main attribute is the thunderbolt, he controlled thunder, lightning and rain. Theocritus wrote circa 265 BCE: "sometimes Zeus is clear, sometimes he rains". He is also known to have caused thunderstorms. In Homer's epic poem the Iliad he sent thunderstorms against his enemies. The name Zeus is related to the Greek word dios, meaning "bright". His other attributes as well as lightning were the scepter, the eagle and his aegis (this was the goat-skin of Amaltheia).

The Zeus organization staged more than two dozen bal masques at the New Orleans municipal Auditorium, before changing formats in 1986.

Krewe of Zeus usual Lundi Gras Night spectacular is the Jefferson Paraish Mardi Gras highlight of the year. Fashioned as a contemporary-styled parade, the traditional feel of carnival is preserved in the mule-drawn king's float and calliope. Though this year they will parade on January 6th, 2007 (7pm) on the traditional St. Patricks Day Parade old Metairie Road route with a few grand marked changes.

The 2007 Parade will begin at 41st Street and Severn (Rummel High School) turn right on Metairie Road, Then take a left on Bonnabel to Hesoid Street turning back on Bonnabel to Metairie Road, ending at Focis Street.

One should note here that Hesoid a greek Poet, who lived around 700 BC serves as a major source for knowledge of the Greek gods and their mythology, farming techniques, archaic Greek astronomy and ancient time-keeping.

Zeus was the highest deity on Mount Olympus and served as the ruler of all the gods of ancient Greece. Before the abolition of monarchies, Zeus was protector of the king and his family. Once the age of Greek kings faded into democracy he became chief judge and peacemaker, but most importantly civic god. He brought peace in place of violence and Hesiod (circa 700 BCE) describes Zeus as "the lord of justice". Zeus was also known as "Kosmetas" (orderer), "Soter" (savior), "Polieos" (overseer of the polis, city) and "Eleutherios" (guarantor of political freedoms). His duties in this role were to maintain the laws, protect suppliants, to summon festivals and to give prophecies (his oldest and most famous oracle was at Dodona, in Epirus, northwestern Greece). As the supreme deity Zeus oversaw the conduct of civilized life. But the "father of gods and men" as Homer calls him, has many mythological tales.

Krewe of Zeus (the king of the gods), continues the ancient tradition by calling its doubloons, drachmas, and by employing the Greek motif throughout its parade and ball.

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