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With Mardi Gras right around the corner, it’s perfect timing to pay homage to one of Mardi Gras’ most notable krewes. (A krewe is the same thing as a crew.) Named for the son of Zeus and the Greek god of wine and vegetation, Bacchus was started in the 1940s by the original owner of Brennan’s Restaurant, Owen Brennan, Sr. Carnival was restricted to locals, so he started Bacchus to have a krewe that was open to tourists also. After his death, Carnival engagement was dwindling. In 1968, Owen’s son, Skip, beefed up Bacchus to the point that it is directly credited with upping the ante to the giant, meticulously decorated floats we enjoy today. http://www.kreweofbacchus.org/

Bonus – the Brennan family of restaurants today includes Commander’s Palace, Café Adelaide, SoBou, Tableau, Palace Café, and many other popular places. In fact, it would be difficult to come here and NOT eat at one of the fabulous Brennan’s restaurants!

Bacchus alligator float