Rex, the king of Carnival, closed out the 2020 Mardi Gras season on Tuesday morning with a parade celebrating “Omens and Auguries.”
The Rex parade stopped at the Morris-Downman House at 2525 St. Charles Ave. during the parade on Mardi Gras, as it has since 1907. This time the toast was more poignant. The mansion, historically significant to the Rex organization and to New Orleans Mardi Gras, was devastated by a seven-alarm fire in February. It has been home to many Rex members, including Billy Grace, a former king of Carnival, who shared a toast with Rex.
After creating some of the most iconic images of Carnival together, the Rex organization and Kern Studios are ending their nearly seven-decades-long partnership, Dominic Massa of WWL-TV reports, after this year’s parade rolls with Kern-built floats themed “Visions of the Sun.”