Krewe of Proteus explores animal natures (photo gallery)

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The Proteus "Fishing Birds" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus “Fishing Birds” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The floats in the Krewe of Proteus carried explanations of their links to the original 1896 parade. (UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Proteus rolled on the Uptown route on Monday evening, with a theme of “Nature of the Beasts” recreating a parade with slyly satirical undertones dating back to the late 1800s.

The King of Proteus rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The King of Proteus rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Warren Easton Charter School marches in the Krewe of Proteus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Warren Easton Charter School marches in the Krewe of Proteus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus title float, "Nature of the Beasts." (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

0216 proteus title2 The Proteus title float, “Nature of the Beasts.” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sophie B. Wright Charter School performs in the Krewe of Proteus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Sophie B. Wright Charter School performs in the Krewe of Proteus parade. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The "Dawn of Proteus" float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

0216 proteus dawn2 The “Dawn of Proteus” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Pretty as a Peacock" float rolls, with an explanation attached. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

IMG_0054 The Proteus “Pretty as a Peacock” float rolls, with a fine-print explanation of the float’s meaning attached to the undercarriage. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "5 O'Clock Tea" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus “5 O’Clock Tea” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Royal Repast" float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

IMG_0066 The Proteus “Royal Repast” float rolls on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on the Proteus "Hungry Hippos" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Riders on the Proteus “Hungry Hippos” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "In the Surf" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus “In the Surf” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Cock of the Walk" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

IMG_0129 The Proteus “Cock of the Walk” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Queen Bee" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus “Queen Bee” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Slippery Eel" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus “Slippery Eel” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider hands off beads from the Proteus "Hunting Party" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A rider hands off beads from the Proteus “Hunting Party” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Truceful Toast" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus “Truceful Toast” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Bat out of Hell" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

IMG_0174 The Proteus “Bat out of Hell” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Old Toad" float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

0216 proteus toad2 The Proteus “Old Toad” float. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Proteus "Last Rites" float.

The Proteus “Last Rites” float.

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