Founded in 1996, Le Krewe d'Etat motto is “Live to Ride, Ride to Live. Its floats adhere to a traditional style of design that impart Le Krewe d'Etat's satirical theme, which has been voted "Best of Carnival" by critics. The parade features 21 floats, including a special signature High Priest Float. The Captain and officers ride on horseback throughout the parade.
In the tradition of Carnival, secrecy is very important to Le Krewe d'Etat. The identity of the ruler - the Dictator - is never revealed to the public, and the theme is secret until parade day.
The krewe's signature throw is the blinking logo skull bead. (Le Krewe d'Etat was the first krewe to throw a blinking bead.) They also publish the D'Etat Gazette, a bulletin with pictures and descriptions of the floats available only at the parade. Members of the krewe dressed as walking skeletons hand out the papers and wooden doubloons at the parades.