Location: Uptown New Orleans
Date: March 2, 2014
Time: 11:45 a.m.
Year Founded: 1933
Float Designer: Ricardo Pustanio
Theme: 50 Shades of Green
Welcome to the Krewe of Mid-City, the 5th oldest continuously parading organization of the New Orleans Mardi Gras season. We would like to invite you to visit with what has been called by the critics and observers, "The best day parade in Mardi Gras.
The Krewe of Mid City was created in the early 1930's from a group of men from the Mid City civic association. The organization first paraded in 1934. It was founded by Charles A. Bourgeois. Traditionally a member and their wife would serve as King and Queen. Mr. Bourgeois and his wife Gertrude served as the first King and Queen of Mid City. The first parade included six small floats drawn by mules, a couple of bands and horse back riders. Mr. Bourgeois designed the interlocking heart emblem we use today as the Krewe of Mid City logo.
The floats were designed first by Roy Kern and later daughter Bettie Rae Kern. In recent history Ricardo Pustanio, who was Ms. Bettie Ray Kern's assistant, designs the floats for the Krewe. Mid City was and is unique in that they use bright tinfoil to cover the floats. Mid City was also the first Krewe to use animation on the floats in 1947 designed by Mr. Bourgeois. They achieved this by using Boy Scouts underneath the floats pedaling on stationary bikes hooked to cables and gears.
The Krewe's motto is "Pour La Joie De Vivre," which translates "For The Joy of Living." This motto has carried over to parade day and Mid City has gained a reputation having themes dedicated to children, entertaining the young and young at heart. Past themes have included Toyland, Fairies, Magic, Candy and Animals. The candy theme parade in 1955 went so far as to have the floats spray the smell of the particular candy represented on the float title.
In addition to being dedicated to children, each year the Krewe selects a boy and girl from the Ronald McDonald House to serve as honorary King and Queen. The Krewe also recognizes honorary guests from the community in their Royal Proclamation.
Mid City still caries the reputation for having some of the best bands in Mardi Gras. This tradition began early in the Krewe's history with the "Battle Of The Bands" competition. Bands would travel from all over the country to play and compete for the title.
You can see photos from the Krewe of Mid-City's past, including some of the famous bands, on our historical photos page. You can see our list of themes, along with the names of our Kings, Queens, and Captains, on our Themes, Kings, Queens, and Captains page.