10 Things About The Krewe of Orion You Need To Know

  • The Krewe of Orion’s 17th annual Mardi Gras parade will roll in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
  • The parade theme for 2017 is “It’s Good to be the King.”
  • The 2017 King is Westdale Middle School Principal Jeremy Couvillion.
  • The Krewe of Orion was founded in 1998.
  • The founding Captain-Darren Coates-is from Baton Rouge.
  • The Krewe of Orion’s President-Charles Harvey-is from New Orleans.
  • The Krewe is named after Orion, the mythological hunter of the skies.
  • Since Orion’s appearance is based on lights in the sky, the two founders wanted to create a ‘New Orleans style” parade that was family-friendly, with colorful traditional lighted floats pulled by tractors.
  • The Krewe has grown from a handful to over 300 members today.
  • Normally the parade rolls 10 days before Mardi Gras, but this year, a scheduling conflict at the Raising Canes River Center convinced the Krewe to move it up a to this Saturday.  


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