Krewe What Thou Wilt Marches in Krewedelusion 2016

Photo by Nathan Tucker and Christa Ougel

On January 23 Krewe What Thou Wilt rolled for our second year with Krewedelusion, kicking off the Mardi Gras 2016 season. Krewedelusion’s theme for the year was “Carnival Politics”; Krewe What Thou Wilt’s interpretation took the form of “Babalon and the Beast”. For more detail about the history and background of our theme, please see this post. Our float was a recreation of the Thoth tarot “Lust” card, depicting the beast with its seven heads–an angel, a saint, a poet, an adulterous woman, a man of valor, a satyr, and a lion-serpent. Our beast was busily devouring the symbols of several of New Orleans’ oldest Mardi Gras Krewes: Comus, Momus, Rex, and Proteus. Atop this creation, of course, rode Babalon herself. Krewe Members paraded in red and gold, distributing throws—traditional favors flung to crowds during Mardi Gras. Ours included copies of Liber Oz; postcards bearing the Comment of the Book of the Law, and links to online reading; handmade glass bead necklaces; and our signature throw, the Cup of Babalon. Our route wound through the historic streets of the French Quarter, including Royal, Decatur, Toulouse, Dauphine and Frenchmen, before ending at the Healing Center for Krewedelusion’s Bedlam Ball. Check out photos of the parade below. (All photos credit Nathan Tucker and Christa Ougel)




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