1883 · Paris
"Rex (founded 1872) is a New Orleans Carnival Krewe which stages one of the city's most celebrated parades on Mardi Gras Day. Rex is Latin for 'King', and Rex reigns as 'The King of Carnival'.
Rex was organized by New Orleans businessmen in part to put on a spectacle in honor of the New Orleans visit of Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich of Russia (remembered locally as 'Grand Duke Alexis') during the 1872 Carnival season. Also in the minds of the founders of Rex was the desire to lure tourism and business to New Orleans in the years after the American Civil War.
Rex has held more parades in New Orleans than any other parading organization. Its official song is 'If Ever I Cease to Love', a quirky tune from the 1870s musical 'Bluebeard'. This was adopted because the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia had a fondness for the actress who sang the song in the musical, which was playing in New Orleans at the time of the first Rex parade in 1872." [Wiki]
A surviving Rex souvenir from the early days of their Mardi Gras balls & celebrations. (Inventory #: 50185)