Le Krewe d’Etat has only been around for about 15 years but it has turned into one of the most popular parades of the entire New Orleans Mardi Gras season. Instead of a king like most parades, there is a dictator and his identity is kept secret. In fact, most of the what goes on with this krewe is kept secret. That’s just the way they like to roll, ha ha, pun intended.
The Dancin’ Darlins, Premiere New Orleans Mardi Gras Troupe, Dance Gangham Style – Video
This krewe is actually a throwback to the early days of carnival in New Orleans where it was common to lampoon politicians, celebrities and the like. And each year Krewe d’Etat does not disappoint. This time in 2013 the theme was “The Dictator’s Reading Room” and used a bookish theme to make fun of those who’d made news over the past year. No race, color, political persuasion or religion is spared. All is fair game to be skewered by these folk.
[Just by way of note for the uninformed the term “krewe” is a word used for a carnival organization.]
Several years ago the krewe debuted the first New Orleans Mardi Gras dancing men’s group and each year they don different costumes to “honor” someone who’s made the news. This year they dressed as old time football players and danced Gangham style to revamped lyrics of the popular Youtube video calling it Tackle Bounty Style in honor of Roger Goodell who gutted the New Orleans Saints in 2012. This all had to do with some bogus and completely unproven bounty scandal veritably destroying the team’s chances for making an attempt for the Super Bowl held in the team’s own city.
As you can see in this video, the Dictator’s Dancin’ Darlins, as the group is called, does it’s all in an attempt to honor the Saints and in some small way to rectify this scandal by creating a scandal of their own on the streets of the Crescent City.
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