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What happened to the 1970s Krewe of Satan? 

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Hey Blake,

With all things Mardi Gras still fresh in the mind and considering your knowledge of Carnivals past, can you tell me what happened to the 1970s Krewe of Satan? Did it also have something to do with St. Patrick's Day?

Dear Reader,

  Krewe of Satan was a marching group in the 1970s, composed mainly of Gretna businessmen. The krewe marched on both sides of the Mississippi River in Mardi Gras parades including Endymion, Choctaw and Grela. Each year, Krewe of Satan honored a different infamous legend, among them Blackbeard, Dracula, the Wolfman, Jack the Ripper, Rasputin, Captain Hook and Attila the Hun, all of whom were featured on Satan's doubloons, which are now rare and collectible.

  For parades, members wore devil costumes, usually black tuxedos with black capes and horned hoods. Each member carried a doubloon bag and waved canes with bright orange, yellow and red flowers on them, resembling the flames of Hell. The krewe threw green St. Patrick's Day doubloons when it marched in St. Patrick's Day parades.


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