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Spartan Society

“Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat”

Location: Uptown New Orleans, St. Charles Route
Date: February 3, 2024 - Time: 5:30 p.m.
Theme: Secret Until Parade Day
Year Founded: 1951
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the Knights of Sparta

Knights of Sparta - 2008

Things to look for: New "Spartan Chariot" Signature Float, Captain, Jr. Captain, and Officers ride Horseback. Mule Drawn King's Float. Prince and Princess representing the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Special Float. Traditional Flambeau

: "Annual Special Sparta Mystery Throw....Secret Until Parade Time" Medallion Beads, Special Lighted Medallion Beads, Polystone Large Spartan Warrior Beads, Cups, Plush Spartan Trojan Horses.


About the Knights of Sparta

The Knights of Sparta originated as a bal masque organization in 1951, staging elaborate tableaus for many years at the Municipal Auditorium. In 1981, the Knights began parading in Orleans Parish. The first several parades rolled as Mecca/Sparta, after which the parade, as well as the bal masque, took on the name of The Knights of Sparta.

Knights of Sparta - 2008

The Knights are still known for their elaborate bal masque tableaus, now staged at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, and for their traditional, yet innovative, street parade on the first Saturday on the Carnival parade season.

A spectacular signature float,  the Captain, Jr. Captain, and Officers on Horseback, a mule-drawn king's float, and traditional flambeaux, are just a few of the wonderful features of the Knights of Sparta street parade each year.

 Explanation of "Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"

So many people have asked about the meaning of our Spartan Motto.  The Krewe, therefore, have developed this note as a means of explanation.

In ancient Sparta, the symbol that was awarded for achievement (merit) was the palm branch.  In later Roman times that symbol was changed to the laurel wreath, which was placed atop the head.  However, in Sparta the palm branch was presented to those who earned distinction, either on the athletic field, in government, or in the eyes of the Spartans.

The motto arose, therefore, of "Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat", which translates to "Let He Who Merits The Palm Possess It".. In other words, "If You Wish To Gain Recognition, Work Hard For It".

The Knights of Sparta, of course, wish recognition as an outstanding Carnival krewe and, therefore, are prepared to work hard for that distinction.  Our motto, going back to our Spartan roots, therefore is, "Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat".

In the future, Spartans who are singled out for honor will receive a palm branch from the krewe.

The Official Colors of the Knights of Sparta

The Knights of Sparta's krewe colors (which are used for all Spartan activities, etc.) are Harvard Red, Old Gold, and Forest Green.

Harvard Red stands for the deep red of a Spartan Soldier's cloak and uniform.  This color was chosen by the Spartans to hide any trace of blood from their enemies so that a Spartan would never show weakness.

Old Gold stands for the golden color of a Spartan's sword.  His power was shown through the might of his sword in battle, and it was his most prized possession.

The Forest Green stands for the green of the palm branch that was presented to Spartans who distinguished themselves in battle or other pursuits.  It also stands for our krewe motto, "Palmam Qui Meruit Ferat"....."Let he who merits the palm posses it".  We also use the Forest Green to remember the "rebirth" of our krewe after the devastation of Katrina.  We rose again from the green of the sea foam...and will be stronger for the journey.

Look for our Harvard Red, Old Gold, and Forest Green colors at Spartan events and in our parade.

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