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Preview: Krewe of 'tit Rex 

Will Coviello on Mardi Gras' littlest feat

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The microkrewe of 'tit Rex isn't belittling Carnival traditions. In many ways, it's preserving them. Many generations of New Orleanians built shoebox floats in grade school. The founders of 'tit Rex wanted to revive the tradition, both as artistic expression and as commentary on the excesses of the superkrewes. The idea caught on quickly, and by the third year's parade, the tiny krewe had to reaffirm its mission. Floats had grown too large (towering at mid-thigh) and there were too many of them. Now in its fifth year, the group has limited the parade to fewer than 30 floats, and shoebox size is strictly enforced. The group also adheres to a bygone Carnival tradition: It parades in the neighborhood where many of its members live. With the theme "The Bare Minimum," the group lines up on the neutral ground on St. Roch Avenue and circles the Faubourg Marigny before arriving at the Ping Pong Ball at AllWays Lounge & Theatre (2240 St. Claude Ave.). (Queens float by Janine Hayes pictured above.) For those who can't make the parade or presentation of floats at Gallier Small, there is a miniature exhibit of floats and descriptions from the past four parades in the back room of the Lost Love Lounge (2529 Dauphine St.) through Feb. 12. Visit the website for parade details and map. Ball admission $10. — Will Coviello

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