Feb 172012
 

The Krewe of Hermes' "Birth of Dionysus" float parts the crowd at Napoleon and Magazine. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"Skeleton Crewe" leads Le Krewe d'Etat down Magazine St Friday night. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Morpheus paraders pass out throws on Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes, Le Krewe d’Etat and the Krewe of Morpheus took Persian poetry, song-based satire and Louisiana’s best features for their themes as they rolled on the Uptown route Friday.

Hermes’ theme was “Rubaiyat,” drawing float titles from a 1,000-year-old collection of Persian poetry. Le Krewe d’Etat chose “d’Etat Tells It Like It Is,” combining New Orleans songs with current events for a series of biting, larger-than-life jokes. The theme of Morpheus was more traditional, “Louisiana Treasures,” and featured the Saints, Audubon Zoo and other topics close to locals’ hearts.

Follow the action from the route via our live coverage from Twitter below, collected via the hashtags #Hermes, #dEtat and #Morpheus.

The Krewe of Hermes

Michael Bush peers through a ghoul mask as the line of flambeaux are lit before the Krewe of Hermes parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Hermes King LXII begins his ride up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Hermes "Ambassadors to the Court." (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on "The Birth of Dionysus" float in the Krewe of Hermes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Hermes' title float, "Rubaiyat," refers to a collection of Persian poetry from roughly 1,000 years ago. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"The Awakening" float in the Krewe of Hermes parades up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"The Ruby Vintage" float from the Krewe of Hermes. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"Come fill the cup," a float in the Krewe of Hermes parade, rolls up Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"The Fire of Spring" rolls in the Krewe of Hermes parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The crowd on Napoleon Avenue awaits the next float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider in the Krewe of Hermes prepares to throw beads. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"The Bird of Time" float in the Krewe of Hermes parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A member of the Krewe of Hermes surveys the Napoleon Avenue crowd. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

"The Glories of this World" float rolls with the Krewe of Hermes parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Hermes riders toss throws from the front of "The Stars are Setting" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The last float of Hermes, "Garden of Earthly Delights." (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d’Etat

A member of the Skeleton Crewe takes her mask off briefly while Le Krewe d'Etat parades. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat's, the Dictator, waves out to the crowds on Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat's "Banana Wagon" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Police watch Le Krewe d'Etat's "Big Chief" float pass down Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat' riders on the "Big Chief" throw out beads on Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat makes it's way down Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat's "Ain't There No More" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat's "Take it to the Streets" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat's "You Talk to Much" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Le Krewe d'Etat's "The Girl Can't Help It" float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The "It Ain't My Fault" float in Le Krewe d'Etat ridicules President Obama. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds beg for throws on Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Krewe of Morpheus

The King of the Krewe of Morpheus, Paul J. Lemon, during the parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The King of the Krewe of Morpheus smiles as he passes out beads to crowds during the parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Crowds gather on Magazine St. for the Krewe of Morpheus parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Queen of the Krewe of Morpheus, Anita Garrett-Roe, during the parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Captain passes down Magazine St. during the Krewe of Morpheus parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Royal Court passes down Magazine St. during the Krewe of Morpheus parade. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Krewe of Morpheus parader passes out throws from the top of a float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

A Krewe of Morpheus LSU float passes out throws to crowds on Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Children put together glowing necklaces that they got from a Krewe of Morpheus float. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Morpheus rolls down Magazine St. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

  3 Responses to “Krewes of Hermes, d’Etat and Morpheus display poetry, satire and home-state pride in Friday parades”

  1. Love the way you sanitized Krewe d’Etat’s “Tell it Like it Is” float. I guess some things are too soon for the fair people of NOLA even six weeks later.

  2. Not “Skeleton Crewe” but “Skeleton Krewe” with a K.

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