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Greetings, royal subjects. I, Rex Duke - the omnipresent surveyor of all that is Mardi Gras - have once again enjoyed the pomp and the pageantry (and a little bit of the déclassé) of this splendid season.

  As we moved into the new millennium, I was happy to see my subjects sallying forth with parades showing touches of the old as well as the new, and I am now ready to decree who best captured the true (and traditional) Carnival spirit. I have thus set quill to scroll, and I will now bestow upon you the fruits of my labours.

  Note that, in addition to the usual categories of competition, I have added two more this year: "Best New Parade" (a tribute to the fine inaugural efforts of several krewes) and "Best Suburban Parade" (it's time to honor the hustings as well). As always, dear readers, I have given my all, so lap freely from my cup of Carnival criticism.

  Herewith, as we head humbly into the Lenten season, is one last look back (with raised royal eyebrow) at the season that was.

2001 Parade Season Highlights:
Best Overall Parade
Le Krewe d'Etat

Best Night Parade
Le Krewe d'Etat

Favorite Themes
d'Etat, "d'Etat.com" 

Le Krewe d'Etat    

Krewe d'Etat fabulously walks that fine line between parody and reverence of Mardi Gras tradition.  This year's theme, "d'Etat.com," was so perfectly executed in its satirical quality, words fail the Duke.  Float highlights included Razzputin.commie, WJr.com (with Dubya's hands illustrating the 5-4 Supreme Court decision that got him into the White House), and local digs at Edwin Edwards and Cleo Fields.  The real hoot was the Alfred E. Neuman "What Me Worry?" look on Bill Clinton's face for the delete.com float. Innovative and plentiful throws such as flashing-eye skull beads and the talking beanie bears ("Hail to the Dictator!") are why d'Etat edges out Rex for Best Parade.  This krewe gives any superkrewe a run for its money, enforcing the notion that size doesn’t always matter.

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