Sparta's theme for 2019 is "Beyond the Sea" and will focus on destinations that lie beyond the ocean.
Founded in 1952, the Knights of Sparta take their name from the city-state in southern Greece, renowned for its simple, stoic ways and exemplary disciplines.
The Knights of Sparta, an all-male krewe, first paraded in 1981 in Orleans Parish. The Knights are still known for their elaborate bal masque tableaus and for their traditional, yet innovative, street parade on the first Saturday on the Carnival parade season. This organization is formed by more than 350 male riders. Past throws have included medallion beads, doubloons, Spartan helmets and a top secret mystery throw.