|PARADES: Proteus and Orpheus.|
Founded in 1882, the Krewe of Proteus is the second oldest parading organization (yes, there are some krewes that don't parade but still maintain a presence during Carnival season). Proteus was the first organization to have "call outs" (WWEWUGH) at their tableaux balls. The traditional-styled parade features costumed lieutenants on horseback and flambeaux carriers (yeah, you know, WWEWUGH), reminiscent of processions held in the early days of Carnival.
The second parade this evening is Orpheus, founded by native son, Harry Connick, Jr., to give the city a third consecutive night parade in the tradition of Endymion and Bacchus. Founded only recently in 1993, Orpheus takes its name from the musically inclined son of Zeus and Calliope, and established itself as a super-krewe with their first parade that rolled with a record 700 riders! Since then, the mesmerizing Orpheus parade has been one of the most eagerly anticipated, showcasing celebrity monarchs such as Dan Ackroyd, James Brown, Sandra Bullock, Glenn Close, Whoopi Goldberg, Branford Marsalis, Anne Rice, Little Richard, Joan Rivers, Stevie Wonder, and many more. Its signature float is the 139 foot Leviathan, part dragon/part sea-monster.