King Proteus at Mardi Gras 2016
Greek legends rolled the streets of New Orleans this evening. The Krewe of Proteus led the way. Proteus is New Orleans second oldest Mardi Gras Krewe, Founded in 1882, and it takes its name from the son of Poseidon and is a god of the sea.
Oddly enough, the Krewe of Proteus took an entirely different direction from the Greek Sea gods for their theme and the theme was The Hindu Heavens. Their floats celebrated Brahma, Vishnu, Ganesha, and others.
Guggen Kamikaze Mothey
Included in the Proteus lineup was a New Orleans favorite band from Switzerland, Guggen Kamikaze Monthey!
Harry Connick Jr. in the Orpheus 2016 parade
The Krewe of Orpheus, named after the Greek god of music, rolled on the streets following Proteus. Orpheus was founded in 1993 by Harry Connick Jr., his father, and Sonny Borey. It has a major focus on music and celebrities. This years theme was The Wizard’s Bestiary and Nathan Fillion road as the Monarch of Orpheus.
New Orleans City employees looking out for the Orpheus Krewe
The parade was rolling smooth until it was discovered there was a fire beneath one of the grates on Canal street. Mr. Filli0n’s float was rolled to the side to allow for a fire truck and another city vehicle to roll in. The city police, fire department and others in the city’s service took care of the fire and determined it was safe before the parade could continue on.
Nathan Fillion throwing beads to the crowd on Canal Street
This left Mr. Fillion and his riders time to play with the lucky folks who happened to have him pause his ride with them. Amidst shouts of “Nathan!”, “Richard!”, and “Castle!” he and he kept the crowd happy by throwing loads of beads their way. He would point to a specific person and then throw to them.
It was mildly disconcerting when that finger pointed directly at the camera. His aim was true and this writer found himself the recipient of a solid ringer in the game of ring toss. Those beads will be kept with fond memories of this Lundi Gras in New Orleans. With the new “X-Files” now out, perhaps they would make good prayer beads to use in supplications for a continuation of the “Firefly” series?
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