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The Endymion 50th Anniversary Special

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

In 1967, the Beatles were all the rage, the first Super Bowl was played, and a fledgling carnival krewe called Endymion paraded for the first time.

The parade started as a small neighborhood venture in the Bayou St. John-Gentilly area and is named for the Olympian god of fertility and youth, according to Carnival historian Arthur Hardy.

By 1974, Endymion had grown into a super club. By 2015, the club's all-male membership had reached 3,000, and attendance at its after-parde party, the Endymion Extravaganza held in the Superdome, will total more than 20,000.

Take a look back at how Endymion's magic began half-a-century ago. A Gentilly born radio mogul, Ed Muniz, founded the krewe in 1966 and over the decades put his over the top stamp on carnival.

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