This year's Rex parade theme will be "Gods of All Ages," the Rex Organization
announced this afternoon at its traditional lunch at Antoine's
In addition to the organization's signature floats like the Boeuf Gras ("Boeufy") and the Butterfly King (which was added in 2012), this year's floats (27 in all) will feature deities from around the world through time, including Set, the Egyptian god of wind and storms (represented by a hippo) and Yama, the Hindu god of the dead. "It's a marvelous array of mythological gods and goddesses," said Henri Schindler, Rex's artistic director.
As was first done last year, each float will have its own signature set of beads. Other throws will include streetcar-themed cups, bracelets and pillows ("Rex Transit Authority"). Last year the organization tossed 160,000 pounds of throws to spectators. The 2014 Rex proclamation, created by local artist Layla Messkoub, features the traditional Rex crown but is rendered in multi-media, a first for the organization.
The Pro Bono Publico Foundation, founded by Rex members after Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, awarded $750,000 in grants in 2013, mostly to support the renewal of New Orleans' public schools.
Rex rolls on its traditional Uptown route at 10 a.m. Mardi Gras, beginning at S. Claiborne and Napoleon Avenues. This will be the 133rd parade in Rex's 141-year history. In keeping with tradition, the identity of Rex will be kept a secret until the final weekend of Carnival.