Mystic Krewe De St. Denis
Mystic Krewe De St. Denis

Our Krewe


In 1699 on a land mass to be called Louisiana, Mardi Gras was first celebrated in the West. Homesick and lonely, the explorer Iberville and his men found themselves camped near a stream on Fat Tuesday. Recalling customs of their French homeland, they celebrated this last day before lent.


For centuries, Mardi Gras celebrations have stirred excitement, fun, and frolic in Louisiana. The official colors of green, gold, and purple adorn everything. Parades, balls, parties, Kings and Queens, float contests, dances, costumes ‑‑ the celebration has taken many forms in Louisiana creating the most spectacular Carnival this side of Rio!


Natchitoches joined the traditions of Mardi Gras in 1977 with the founding of the Mystic Krewe de St Denis. Five founding members: Dr. Ben Barron, Avery East, Dr. Dan Seymour, Richard Ware, and Robert W. Wilson, Sr., created a men's Krewe with 32 charter members, staging the first Tableau and Ball held at the National Guard Armory in 1978. To address the growing needs of the Krewe, the membership was further expanded along with moving the Tableau and Ball to Prather Coliseum in 1985, and by 1996 the Krewe had expanded to include 78 members. In 2005 the Krewe moved its Tableau/Ball to the City of Natchitoches Events Center, and to accommodate space restrictions lowered the Krewe's membership to 73.


Ron McBride

911 Washington St

Natchitoches, LA 71457


Phone: 318 652-2500



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