New Orleans' Micro Krewe, 'tit Rex Acquires a Schwa

 

Much Mardi Gras revelry takes the form of parody, poking fun, and being what you’re not.  The four year old krewe, ‘tit Rex (pronounced: T-Rex), is a parade in miniature, whose name plays on both it’s French translation – little king – and also what it literally sounds like: the abbreviation for the huge predator dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus-rex. But the “Rex” in ‘tit Rex has spurred controversy with another, 140 year old Carnival Krewe, which questions the legal precedent of this word play. I visited the tiniest parade in New Orleans, to witness first hand the creativity this amicable dispute has produced. 

 

 

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