A member of the Krewe: Letter to the editor
While "Krewe" has been suggested already as a new name for the Hornets, I can't help but endorse it as symbolic of New Orleans. Krewe is singularly linked with NOLA and, like the Jazz, makes people ask what the...
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I agree with this guy 100% and I'll be disappointed if the team isn't named the 'Krewe' ... it's uniquely New Orleans, it's tough without being antagonistic and will bring a lot of positive attention to NOLA culture & the area as people learn exactly what a 'krewe' is ... the merchandising alone would be pandemic, in a good way ... I'm telling you, Mr. Benson, name this team right & everyone will want to be part of the 'Krewe'.
What is a Krewe? I ahve heard the word before but not the meaning.
n. New Orleans
Any of several groups with hereditary membership whose members organize and participate as costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival: "They . . . watched a parade of bands and New Orleans-style floats run by krewes throwing necklaces of colored beads" (Robert Reinhold). See Regional Note at beignet.
[Alteration of crew.]
Regional Note: In order to organize and stage the enormous Mardi Gras carnival every year, many New Orleans families have belonged for generations to krewes, groups that create elaborate costumes and floats for the many Mardi Gras parades in the two weeks leading up to "Fat Tuesday." Not only do the krewes participate in the parades, but, as leaders of New Orleans society, they also hold balls and other elaborate events during the carnival season, which lasts from Christmas up to Mardi Gras itself. The krewes are responsible for electing Rex, the annual king of the carnival, whose parade is the climax of Mardi Gras. While masked paraders had long been a part of Mardi Gras, the first carnival group organized as such was the Mystick Krewe of Comus in 1857. Krewe is only an imitation of an old-fashioned spelling of crew in its standard meaning, but the word, thanks to its association with Mardi Gras and New Orleans high society, has taken on some of the mystique of the carnival. "
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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