Krewe of Argus
Date: Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 | Location: Metairie | Time: 10:00am
The Krewe of Argus, founded in 1972 now includes 600 male, female and child riders, has 30 floats and marching bands. Rolling on Mardi Gras Day in Jefferson Parish, it follows the Veterans Memorial Boulevard route in Metairie. A very family-oriented parade, King Argus is regarded by many in the same light as King Zulu and Rex of New Orleans. One favorite float is "George Rodrigue's Blue Dog," which throws stuffed Blue Dogs.
The name Argus comes from Greek Mythology. Argus was an all-seeing God with one hundred eyes. Argus observed Zeus cheating on his wife, the Goddess Hera. Zeus ordered Hermes to cut the head off of Argus. Hera, seeing this, took the hundred eyes off of Argus and put them on the tail of her peacock, where they remain today. That is why the peacock is the logo of the Krewe of Argus.
Originally, the Krewe honored as its Empresses entertainment celebrities like Barbara Eden, Phyllis Diller and Shirley Jones. In 1985, Argus' male and female membership instituted a new custom of selection Kings and Queens from its own membership.