The first and most important float of the Knights of Babylon’s parade is presided over by Sargon the Magnificent, the annually selected king of the club, who reigns over all of Babylon’s festivities for a full year. Four royal pages attend Sargon on his float. Sargon sets the tone of beneficence and good cheer as Babylon leads the parades on the Thursday night before Mardi Gras every year.
The Captain of the Knights of Babylon, who is the club’s leader, heads up the parade, along with Babylon’s horsemen.
The Carrollton Streetcar
The officers of the Knights of Babylon ride on our signature Carrollton Streetcar float. This float epitomizes New Orleans tradition and pays homage to the oldest continuously running streetcar line in the United States.
Gates of Ishtar
This float evokes the memory of some of the main gates that opened onto the ancient city of Babylon.
Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon are widely regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built to please the king’s wife, the fabled Hanging Gardens garnered global fame and adorned the palace of Nebuchadnezzar.
The Babylonian Barge
The debut of Babylon’s newest float in 2014 was modeled after the barges used on the Nile River by the Babylonians. These barges were used for a variety of purposes including commerce and burial barges. They were not made of wood but of papyrus reed tightly woven together to prevent water leaks.
The Jesters Float
The Jesters Float was named in honor of the Jesters Club, the parent club of the Knights of Babylon. This float traditionally carries some of our younger knights.