Rex reveals new things to expect at this year's parade.
Rex will bring out a new edition to the traditional Mardi Gras plastic cups that fill our cabinets this year– a stainless steel Rex cup.
Ten thousand of the gold-colored cups will be handed out along the route to parade-goers in an effort to give out long-lasting throws.
“You’re looking at things people will want to hang on to (from a Mardi Gras parade), that’s part of the idea behind it, and this is an opportunity to feature throws that last,” Rex official Steven Ellis said.
The Rex organization is also working with the local nonprofit, Arc of Greater New Orleans. The krewe purchased recycled Rex beads from ArcGNO to add to their throws for this year’s parade, including their infamous doubloons.
The theme of the 2020 Rex parade is “Omens and Auguries”.
The 28-float parade is set to feature colorful displays showcasing different prophetic signs and symbols including floats dedicated to Tennessee William’s ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Edgar Allen Poe’s ‘The Raven’.
Rex began its rule over Carnival in New Orleans on February 13, 1872. Its purpose was to welcome the visiting Russia’s Grand Duke Alexis and this instant is known as Carnival’s first honoring of a visiting royal, Now, we incorporate visiting celebrities in the parade as well.
The first parade looked significantly different than our version and only lasted several miles long. Instead of a float, Rex led the parade riding a bay horse and was followed by a live boeuf gras (fattened ox), which is the oldest symbol of Carnival.
Take a sneak peek through the illustrations of this year’s floats below:
The 2020 Rex parade will be the 140th parade in the 148 years they’ve ruled over Carnival.
As usual, the parade will roll down its traditional route on Mardi Gras Day, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.
Visit the Rex website for more information here.