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Greetings once more, royal subjects! Your faithful monarch and scribe, Rex Duke - the omnipresent observer of Fat Tuesday's triumphs and traditions - has once more ventured forth to soak up the sweet and the sublime of this superb season.

  Sadly, I wound up "getting soaked" just as often as not - thanks to an uncooperative Mother Nature, who rained on more than one monarch's reign. 'Tis an ill wind that blows doubloons out of my reach, and high winds caused more than their share of problems this year. Some krewes suffered breakdowns, while others blazed - literally - against our fair city's cold skyline. Worst of all, the foul weather caused the wheels of my royal chariot ot grind to a halt on several occasions, preventing me from venturing forth into the hustings to take in several suburban parades. My sincerest apologies to those krewes. I will give it my utmost next year to gaze upon your princely processions.

  But enough of things no mere mortal can control, and on to the worldly pursuits of merriment! I was heartened to see new krewes join the Carnival lineup this year. Hail, Excalibur! Hail, Morpheus! Your arrival quickens the royal pulse and consoles us as we morn the passing of Bards.

  And now, with ashes still fresh on my forehead, I offer you, Dear readers, one final look back at the season that was.

2002 Parade Season Highlights:

Favorite Themes
d'Etat, "d'Etat.com" 

Le Krewe d'Etat    

Razor-sharp wit and vivid float designs make Le Krewe d'Etat one of the most aniticipated (and sophisticated) parades of Carnival. This year's "Rock Around d'Etat" theme was wonderful in its punditry and biting in its satire. One of the most topical tweaks was for Hizzoner Marc Morial; the float appropriately featured as his song, "You Can't Always Get What You Want." And who else would toss a talking bear? ("Hail to the Dictator!" "Live to ride, ride to live!" "Krewe d'Etat rules!") The only thing holding d'Etat back from its high standard this year was an unfortunate pair of delays. D'Etat remains, however, a stellar parade that brilliantly carries on a revered tradition of irreverence.fabulously walks that fine line between parody and reverence of Mardi Gras tradition.

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