The Krewe of Mid-City is an all male parade organization that parades on the Sunday before Mardi Gras Day each year. Our Krewe is considered a “boutique” organization because it is limited to 310 participants annually, which makes those positions highly coveted and in high demand.
Rider categories in the Krewe of Mid-City include:
- Male float rider (250 Men)
- Members of the Court include:
- The King & Queen
- Male Dukes to the King (8 Males over 16 years old)
- Female Maids to the Queen (8 Females over 16 years old)
- Her Majesty’s Fair Maidens (20 Females over 18 years old)
- Junior Court (10 Boys and 10 Girls from the ages of 10 – 16 years old)
- Pages to the King (4 Boys ages 6-10)
- Ladies in Waiting to the Queen (6 Girls ages 6 – 10)
Many people ask, “How can I ride in a Mardi Gras parade?”
The answer involves 1) receiving an invitation to ride from an existing member, 2) submission of an application provided by that member, 3) approval of the application by the board of directors, and 4) payment of dues to belong to the organization. You can request more information by contacting Gerard Braud at gerardbraud @ me.com
Riders pay for the privilege to ride and each man purchase all of the beads that he will throw to the crowd during the parade. The Krewe of Mid-City parade is 60 blocks in length and last 3 to 4 hours. The average rider may throw beads to as many as 5,000 people during the parade. Krewes do not publish their dues prices, but riders in various parades may spend as little as $595 for dues and $700 for beads or as much as $3,000 total for dues, beads, event tickets, etc.
Our Krewe is a not-for-profit organizations run by a volunteer Captain, who is supported by a volunteer board of directors. As a non-profit organization, advertising and corporate logos are prohibited in all parades in New Orleans.