Location: Uptown New Orleans, St. Charles Route
Date: February 8, 2024 - Time: 5:30 p.m.
Year Founded: 1939
Theme: Secret Until Parade Day
KNIGHTS OF BABYLON PHOTO LIBRARY
the Knights of Babylon
Things to look for:
King Sargon's Float is Mule Drawn . Traditional Flambeau.
Kings Float Sargon, The Official Knights, Jester,
Gates of Ishmar, The Temple of Marduke,
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon & The Jesters' Jazz
Babylon - Capital of Babylonia
Babylon, the Capital of Babylonia was an important city of ancient Mesopotami, the ruins of which can be found in present-day Iraq. Babylon became one of the most important cities of the ancient Middle East when Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC) made it the capital of his kingdom of Babylonia. All that remains today of the ancient famed city of Babylon is a mound, of broken mud-brick buildings and debris in the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in Iraq. Babylon, its namesake Mardi Gras organization was founded in 1939 by a group of men who wanted to stage a first class parade for the public and a first class tableau ball for their ladies. Originally known as the Jesters Club, the Knights of Babylon continues to adhere to the tradition of its founding members. Babylon’s monarch, Sargon, king of Assyria (722–705 b.c.) who is said to have build the city of Babylon, reigns over the parade and ball. Secrecy is of great significance to this Krewe and this is why Sargon’s identity is never revealed to the public as well as the theme is kept secret until parade day.