NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Krewe of King Arthur and Merlin starts on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. in Uptown New Orleans.
It follows the traditional Uptown parade route, starting at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Magazine St. From there, the parade rolls to Napoleon Ave. and makes a left.
Once it reaches St. Charles Ave., the parade makes a right and heads all the way past Lee Circle to Canal St.
The krewe makes a U-turn at Burgundy St., heads back down Canal St., and then makes a right on Tchoupitoulas St., ending at Poydras St.
The idea of starting the Krewe of King Arthur began as early as 1971 in a classroom at Marrero Middle School. When Philip Fricano, Jr. and Carl Scivicque, Jr. (at the time both were 13 years old) were friends who tossed the idea back and forth about a new Westbank krewe. The talks continued for several years.
The following Mardi Gras after graduation in 1977 Carl and Philip met by accident at the Krewe of Pegasus's parade and within two months, the club was incorporated.
On April 12, 1977 the Krewe of King Arthur became a reality when Philip chartered the Krewe in Baton Rouge. Over the next few months, the two friends met with float builders and costume makers.
Blaine Kern told Fricano, "Listen son, you are never going to make this work, why don't you join the Krewe of Alla with the members that you already have." For the most part, Fricano credits Kern for giving him the "inner fire" and the "spirit" to make it happen.
Making It Happen!
Across the street from Blaine Kern's den was the Krewe of Choctaw's den where Carl and Philip met the float builder for Choctaw. He encouraged the two friends to continue with our plans and he introduced Fricano and Scivicque to the Captain of Choctaw. The Captain of Choctaw offered King Arthur the deal of a lifetime. He told the two that they could use as many of Choctaw's floats as they wanted and pay the krewe when they could. The next step was to acquire a permit.
In 1977, The Krewe of King Arthur's first permit was issued from the City of Westwego to roll on the 2nd Saturday of Mardi Gras.
Crossing the River! The New Orleans move
In 2001, The Krewe made history by moving from the Westbank home to the New Orleans Uptown parade route to parade on the first Sunday of Mardi Gras. Since the move, the Krewe of King Arthur and associated float building operation has grown and prospered.
The Future is Bright!
In 2015, The Krewe made history with a record 675 Krewemembers making it the largest Mardi Gras parading krewe on the first weekend of Mardi Gras! As we approach our 40th Anniversary in 2017, our goal is to approach 1000 riders