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Krewe of Orpheus Offers Coveted Float Artwork

Mardi Gras is here and parades are rolling, but the tradition is even more than parades….its about art too. Back by popular demand, the Krewe of Orpheus is offering a limited number of their signature floral float artwork to the public. Funds raised from the sale of the papier-mâché flowers will benefit the New Orleans creative community. 

Mardi Gras is a time that brings our city together to celebrate. As people continue the new tradition of adorning homes as floats for Mardi Gras, we’re thrilled to provide them the opportunity to not only showcase some of the krewe’s signature adornments but to own an iconic work of art to cherish every day of the year. ~ Krewe of Orpheus Captain Sonny Borey

Float Artwork (orpheus)

Float Artwork Details

200 hand-crafted flowers have been created and are available for purchase for $135.00 via Plush Appeal – The Mardi Gras Spot. Krewe of Orpheus Artistic Director Derek Franklin designed the limited edition, hand-painted flowers which are dated and signed by Franklin and feature an original Krewe of Orpheus pin which can be removed to wear. The approximately 19” wide pieces can be hung or used as tabletop décor as each is fitted with a wooden mounting block and hanger. Mardi Gras enthusiasts and art aficionados can choose between a pink and a yellow series and can display the timeless pieces of art year-round. The flowers are finished with a lacquer, rendering them weather resistant but not waterproof.

These last two years have been challenging for the artistic community, particularly Mardi Gras artists. I’m honored to be able to share the talents of these artisans by bringing this unique piece of New Orleans culture, traditionally reserved for our ‘theatre on wheels’ as Orpheus is affectionately known, into people’s homes and hope it allows them to feel they are a part of our celebration. ~ Krewe of Orpheus Artistic Director Derek Franklin 

Float Artwork (Orpheus)

The Krewe of Orpheus derives its name from the mortal Orpheus, son of the god Apollo and the muse Calliope. One of the city’s “super krewes,” Orpheus is consciously nonexclusive and New Orleans most diverse krewe boasting 1,500 members from all walks of life. The parade rolls on Lundi Gras and culminates with the Orpheuscapade, a black-tie party that draws thousands of revelers to welcome the floats through the convention center as they are entertained by world-renowned musicians. Founded in 1993 by a small group including Harry Connick, Jr. and Captain Sonny Borey, the Krewe of Orpheus is a Mardi Gras organization open to all men and women of good character and spirited personality. For more information, visit

New Orleans Local Calendar of Events.

New Orleans Local is your best resource for the latest events happening around the city. Whether you are looking for festivals, parties, theater, charity events or events for kids, we have everything you need to be in the “know.”  Our Calendar of Events welcomes any organization or business to submit events – HERE – to help let our community know what is happening around town. Everybody knows about Mardi Gras, but do they know about the latest charitable event, local marathons, holiday events, or reveillon dinners? Submit your event with a great photo, so we can let people know what events you want to help to promote in the New Orleans area.  Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!


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