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Krewe of Okeanos General Information as of June 4, 2020

Please expand each section to get information to any questions you may have about the Krewe.

If you still have questions you can send them to the Krewe through our Contact Information page.


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Krewe & Parade Overview
Krewe & Parade Overview

The Krewe of Okeanos was formed in 1949 by a group of men with businesses in the Upper 9th Ward.

Over the years we have had several routes:
      1950 to 1978 - St. Bernard Ave. Route
      1979 to 1992 - Mid-City Route
      1993 to 2005 - Claiborne Uptown Route
      2007 to Today - Magazine Uptown Route 

Today, the Krewe follows the Extended Uptown route on the last Sunday before Mardi Gras.  We are the first of four parades that day, starting around 11 am and finishing around 3:30 pm at our host hotel.

View Parade Route


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Registration Types
Registration Types

The Krewe has two registration types:

  • Membership – this is the standard annual membership for the core riders. Annual dues include a rider position on a float; a tunic, mask, gloves and hat for the Ride; admittance for the member to the Coronation Ball; and select specials / discounts throughout the parade year.
  • Royal Court Participant – this is for those who will help us support our traditions by participating in the annual Coronation Ball.The court fees cover the participant’s admittance to the Ball and a ride in a parade (current year for most participants and the following year for the Queen and Maids).Current members planning to escort a Maid or Junior Maid at the Ball should sign up as a Duke / Jr. Duke instead of a Member.

Please note, each registration type has age and/or gender requirements, so use the drop-down box on the Registration page to find the type that best fit for you.


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Costs & Registration Steps
Costs & Registration Steps

The total cost for each registration type is as follows:

Type Age Includes Total Cost
Memberships      
   Regular  26+ Ride & Ball $675.00
   Junior 19 - 25 Ride & Ball $550.00
   Youth 14 - 18 Ride & Ball $450.00
       
Royal Court                       
   Maid 16 - 21 This Ball & Next Ride   $800.00
   Jr Maid 12 - 15 Ball & Ride $475.00
   Lady in Waiting   7 - 11 Ball & Ride $350.00
   Duke (Sr) 26+ Ball & Ride $700.00
   Duke (Jr) 16 - 25 Ball & Ride $575.00
   Duke Escort 16+ Ball Only $150.00
   Jr Duke 12 - 15 Ball & Ride $475.00
   Page 7 - 11 Ball & Ride $350.00


The first step is to complete your basic registration / renewal through the Sign-up / Renew menu option.

The second step is to register for the Ride or Court event by selecting your payment options and completing the reservation.

Sign-up / Renew     Go To Events Page


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Payment Options
Payment Options

With our new web page, we are limited on how we can accept partial payments.  In order to enable partial payments, we had to split the dues and fees into an initial payment (covered by the registration fee), and a payment plan for the remaining payments (covered by the Ride or Court Event).

Each event allows pre-determined payments to be made for the Event on this fixed schedule. However, if full payment is desired, simply select all 5 installments at checkout.



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Choose the option that works best for your financial situation and complete the registration process.


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Refunds and Credits
Refunds and Credits

Revised 6/12/20

 

Unless indicated by specific conditions below, the Krewe does not offer any refunds nor credits for any event that occurs as scheduled.  This is especially true for any event that may occur during inclement weather.  If the City says it is safe to parade, then we will parade – no exceptions.

 

The Krewe does recognize there are circumstances beyond everyone’s control that may cause an event to be cancelled (i.e. inclement weather, power failure, pandemic, etc.).  When that occurs, the Board will compile all unavoidable costs (application fees, non-refundable deposits, prop rental, float painting, etc.) for the event, then determine each member's prorated share of those costs based on membership type.  This cost share will be applied against each member's collected dues/fees and any balance remaining will be credited back to the member’s account to be applied against future membership dues or event fees.

 

Money spent on items from the Storefront will not be refunded as those items belong to the member and can either be picked up from the Den at a specified date, or held over at the Den until next year’s ride.

 

The Krewe further recognizes there are occasions and circumstances beyond a member’s control that warrant consideration of a refund/credit.  When that occurs, members are asked to send an email to Treasurer@KreweofOkeanos.org explaining the situation and indicating if they would like a refund or a credit.  The Board will review the request and reply as appropriate.

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Bead and Throw Restrictions
Bead and Throw Restrictions

For the most part, Riders may throw anything that is readily available from the local “bead” shops (regardless if new or recycled), and anything purchased from our Storefront.  The exceptions include:

  1. Only Krewe of Okeanos branded / logo’ed items. You may not throw items with the logo, name or advertisement of another Mardi Gras Krewe, Business or Organization

     

  2. Nothing that could cause harm to the parade goers – this includes full bags of beads, hard spears, wire stem flowers and similar hard or pointy objects

     

  3. Nothing that can be redeemed for discounts, prizes or any other form of monetary value

     

  4. No trash, especially cardboard boxes and empty plastic packing bags – bead bags are allowed as they are considered a “throw”

Please refer to the City of New Orleans Mardi Gras Ordinance for additional details.

View City's Throw Ordinance


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Cost of Throws
Cost of Throws

How much you spend on throws is totally up to you.  For your convenience, the Krewe offers four (4) pre-packaged Rider Packs through the Storefront that range in price from $500 to $1,000.  The number of beads in these Rider Packs are the same, it is the additional items (like cups, doubloons and plush) that comprise the difference.  We also offer many items a la carte if you prefer to throw specific type of bead or item.

In general, first time and younger riders have a tendency to throw very quickly at the start of the parade because of the high excitement level.  So plan your purchases accordingly.  Your Float Lieutenant will be able to answer any specific questions you may have.


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Storefront
Storefront

The Storefront is open to Members and Non-members alike.  Anything purchased from the Krewe, that is not scheduled to be loaded by the Krewe, can be picked up at the Den during any of the Bead Loading Dates.


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Float Loading
Float Loading

The Den will be open on the Friday and Saturday before the parade so riders can load their beads and throws (please visit the Events calendar for specific dates and times).  Members are welcome to invite friends and family to join them at the Den during the scheduled Open Houses dates.

Everyone who buys a Rider Pack through the Storefront will have their beads and throws loaded for them!


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Gift Certificates
Gift Certificates

New for this year, the Krewe is offering people the opportunity to buy a Gift Certificates for their family or friends to cover some or all of their registrations (Membership & Event) and/or Storefront purchases.  This is the only way to pay for someone else’s Membership Dues or Court Fees.

Gift amounts range from $25 to $1,000 and include the Membership Types, Events and Rider Packs listed above.  These gifts can be purchased by members and non-members alike and can be sent to both current and new members.


Buy a Gift Certificate

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Coronation Ball
Coronation Ball

The Coronation Ball is held several weeks before the ride.  During the Ball, the Parade’s King is introduced to the membership and his Queen is determined by kismet from the Court’s Maids.  Members in good standing (paid dues) are encouraged to attend, and the admittance fee is included in their dues.  Members and Court Participants are welcome to invite their family and friends to join them for this festive and exciting night.

Details, fees and registration can be found at the Ball Event on the calendar.