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Krewe of Bacchus is a New Orleans Mardi Gras super krewe.

Krewe of Bacchus
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The Bacchagator, one of the Krewe of Bacchus's signature floats
Named afterBacchus
MottoIn Vino Veritas
Formation1968; 51 years ago (1968)
FoundersOwen Edward Brennan, Sr., Owen Brennan, Jr
Founded atNew Orleans, LA.
TypeCarnival Krewe
  • New Orleans, LA.

History and formationEdit

The Krewe of Bacchus is an organization that was founded in 1968 by Owen Brennan, Jr.[1][2] as one of the first modern "superkrewes," defined by their size, spectacular floats, and celebrity riders. It is named for Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.

Bob Hope as King of Bacchus in 1973

Bacchus was the first krewe to have celebrities appear as part of the parade. Past celebrities who have served as Bacchus include: Steve Guttenberg, William Shatner, Lorne Greene, Charlton Heston, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope, New Orleans' own Pete Fountain, Phil Harris, Henry Winkler, Glen Campbell, Jon Lovitz, and more recently, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Michael Keaton, James Gandolfini, Gerald McRaney in 1992, Harry Connick, Jr. in 1993, Hulk Hogan in 2008, Val Kilmer in 2009, Drew Brees in 2010, Will Ferrell in 2012 and Jim Caviezel in 2017 and Jensen Ackles in 2019. Ron Howard's reign as Bacchus was canceled by the 1979 New Orleans Police Department strike which scuttled all official Mardi Gras parades within the city limits.


The 2009 Krewe included more than 1,350 members, and its parade featured 33 floats,[3] including its signature floats: the Bacchasaurus, a giant dinosaur; the Bacchawhoppa, an equally large whale; Bacchagator, an enormous alligator; and Baccatality, a 3-float procession made up of restaurateurs. The Baccamore', a love themed float, was introduced in 2008. In keeping with tradition, "Bacchus beads" and doubloons are thrown to revelers from the floats.

After a long absence from prime time television, Bacchus returned to the New Orleans airwaves in 2009, when NBC affiliate WDSU produced a five-hour live broadcast of the parade and ensuing party at New Orleans Morial Convention Center.


The Krewe of Bacchus parades during the New Orleans Mardi Gras, on the Sunday evening before Mardi Gras.

Parade themesEdit

  • 1969 The Best Things in Life
  • 1970 Remember When
  • 1971 Bacchus Salutes Mardi Gras
  • 1972 Bacchus Book of Horrors
  • 1973 Bacchus Goes to the Movies
  • 1974 Bacchus Reads the Comics
  • 1975 The Circus Parade
  • 1976 Spirit of '76
  • 1977 Happily Ever After
  • 1978 Monarchs and Memories
  • 1979 The Undersea World of Bac-chu-steau
  • 1980 The Undersea World of Bac-chu-steau
  • 1981 The Old Testament
  • 1982 American Heroes and Heroines
  • 1983 Bacchus Presents: Jewels of the Zodiac
  • 1984 Rivers of the World
  • 1985 In Vino Veritas
  • 1986 New Orleans, We Love You
  • 1987 Bacchanal
  • 1988 20 Years of Bacchus
  • 1989 Sing Along with Bacchus
  • 1990 Our Planet Earth
  • 1991 The Bacchus Gallery of Art
  • 1992 What a Way to Go
  • 1993 Silver Jubilee
  • 1994 I am Sending You a Big Bouquet of Roses
  • 1995 Color My World
  • 1996 Games People Play
  • 1997 Bacchus' Comic Book Heroes
  • 1998 Where Y'at Dawlin'
  • 1999 A Tribute to Jules Verne
  • 2000 Milestones to the Millennium
  • 2001 Denizens of the Deep
  • 2002 Bacchus Journeys Through Africa
  • 2003 Bacchus' Fantasy World
  • 2004 Bacchus Magical Mystery Tour
  • 2005 Bacchus Super Sunday
  • 2006 Bacchus Follows the Yellow Brick Road
  • 2007 Through the Eyes of a Child
  • 2008 40 Years of Fun
  • 2009 Creatures of the Imagination
  • 2010 Love is in the Air
  • 2011 Bacchus Salutes America's Greatest Generation
  • 2012 Bacchus Celebrates the Louisiana Bicentennial
  • 2013 Bacchus Sails the Seven Seas
  • 2014 Bacchus Explores Our Sportman's Paradise
  • 2015 Children's Stories that Live Forever
  • 2016 Flights of Delight
  • 2017 Bacchus Salutes the Saints 50th
  • 2018 Bacchus Celebrates Its Golden
  • 2019 Starring Louisiana

Celebrity MonarchsEdit


  1. ^ "Krewe of Bacchus - History". Retrieved 2012-02-18.
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  3. ^ "Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras Parade - Krewe History - New Orleans, Louisiana". 1969-02-16. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
  4. ^ Scott, Mike (January 23, 2019). "Actor Jensen Ackles to reign as Bacchus". The Times-Picayune.

External linksEdit

Official website