Endymion Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Mardi Gras
February 8, 2016 Zondra Events 0
Each year an Endymion Queen is declared at the Endymion Coronation Ball. This year, the queen was Jamie Elizabeth Hanzo, granddaughter of founder and captain of the parade, Edmond Muniz.
The Endymion parade is one of the main events of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, the extravagant parade attracts thousands of people to the city. Although the million beans which are thrown at the crowd can be a luring factor, many seize the chance to view the amazing floats and costumes created for the parade.
The Endymion parade began at 4:15pm on Feb. 6th. The parade route started at City Park and ended at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Canal Street is the longest street on the route and attracts the biggest crowd for the parade.
While each parade has an important history, no parade has a history like Endymion’s. Endymion, the Greek God of eternal youth and fertility, was declared the name of the biggest Mardi Gras parade in the world in 1967 by public figure, Ed Muniz. Starting at the border of Lakeview and Mid-City, it is unique in its motto: fun over formality. Muniz’s vision for a grand and fun parade has carried on the tradition for 50 years and won’t be ending any time soon.
Celebrations will continue throughout the city until Mardi Gras, which is translated as “Fat Tuesday.” The special day’s origins can be traced back to the French House of Bourbons. The House of Bourbon was one of the most powerful family in European history. Their legacy followed them to their French Colonies. In 1699, explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville settled an area south of New Orleans. In 1703, the settlers celebrated the first Mardi Gras.
There are many stories of how Mardi Gras began, but no one can deny the culture that the age old tradition brings to the world. For more information on Mardi Gras, visit www.mardigrasneworleans.com.
The Endymion parade, the largest Carnival parade in the world, celebrates its 50th year at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The parade is comprised of over 2,000 float members. Every float shows elaborate costumes of the Endymion King’s court members.