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Arthur Hardy's Mardi Gras Moments: Mega Floats

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During the early days of Mardi Gras, in the late-1880s, floats consisted of a mule drawn wagons toting just a few Krewe members.  The mules have been replaced by tractors and wagons by gigantic floats.

It was the Krewe of Bacchus that first introduced the concept of mega floats and they revolutionized Carnival with their massive double deckers.  The Krewes of Endymion and Orpheus soon followed with enormous floats of their own…creating masterpieces that span a city block and hold up to 260 riders.  

Today, Endymion holds the world’s record of having the largest float ever – the 365 foot, nine unit, Pontchartrain Beach Then and Now float. 

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