Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Photos: Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route In New Orleans

The Krewe of Proteus took to the streets on Lundi Gras, in Uptown New Orleans. Proteus is the second oldest continuously parading Old Line Krewe, making its parade an essential part of Mardi Gras.

Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The Krewe of Proteus was founded in 1882. The organization is named after Proteus, the prophetic Old Man of the Sea in Greek mythology, the shepherd of the sea’s flocks. A subject of Poseidon, Proteus could tell the future, shapeshift, and herd the seals of Poseidon. Like many of the traditional krewes, the King of Proteus is never revealed to the public. 

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

The Parade of The Krewe of Proteus follows the Traditional Uptown or St. Charles Route ending on Canal Street. The Krewe of Proteus parade floats still use the original chassis from its first floats made in the early 1880’s. 

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Many of Proteus’ floats are ocean themed, with imagery of beautiful waves, sea creatures and of course a larger than life Proteus on their Title float which also houses their mysterious king in a seashell.

Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Their theme this year is “Commedia dell’Arte,” an Italian theatrical form known for its improv and fun, colorful characters. This theme was represented in the 20 different floats by characters such as Arlecchino (also known as Harlequinn) and Punch and Judy.

Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Their throws for this parade year included mini-MoonPies in Proteus red, and Natty dress socks decorated with the krewe’s signature seahorse. The Krewe also purchases recycled beads from ARC of New Orleans, a partnership they have had for 2 years now. The 238 riders threw, in total, 14,280 pounds of trinkets. 

Krewe Of Proteus Rolled On The Uptown Parade Route
Photo Credit: Amy Harris/The Travel Addict

Many people are looking forward to next year’s parade, which artists have already started working on and planning for. 

Words by Emily Cigan @emily.cigan and Amy Harris @thetraveladdictig

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Amy Harris is a writer and photographer who has been traveling for 20 years and flown over 2 million miles to visit over 80 countries on 6 continents. She is a freelance photographer for Invision by Associated Press, AP Images and Rex/Shutterstock. Her work can be seen in various publications and websites including: Rolling Stone, AP Images, National Geographic Books, Fodor’s Travel Guides, Forbes.com, Lonely Planet Travel Guides, JetStar magazine, and Delta Sky Magazine.

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