Hermes The Messenger God
Hermes Rolls on the Avenue
Hermes maintains the traditions of the so-called “old line” organizations. Original masking and costuming is a must. Note the mask with the curtain over the moth area and the flat-topped float riders’ hat. To the left is one of the magnificent oaks that line St. Charles Avenue.
Hermes, whose band of followers is properly known as “The Knights” rather than a “krewe” is in its 80th year, and with age has grown richer in style, sparkle and spirit. From the beginning the Knights have been masters of presentation, being first to introduce electric lights on its floats to complement the sparkle of flambeaux rollicking along the sides. Like the best of ancient crusaders, the Knights are smart and orderly with original costumes and the classic flat-top hats. They are also learned storytellers. To reflect the originality of their floats, the parade themes are always properly highbrow and literary as though spreading thought elixir to the masses. Last year, to honor its anniversary, the group’s theme was “A Hermes Miscellany,” recognizing titles from past years such as “The Enchanted Fountain,” “The Pyramid of the Moon,” and “Xanadu.”
Pictured here are scenes from the 2017 Hermes march. The Knights pageant is always on the Friday before Mardi Gras beginning a non-stop time of frivolity that doesn’t stop until the wee hours of Ash Wednesday. In Greek tradition Hermes held many titles including that of the “Messenger god.” On the Friday before Mardi Gras with the sound of sirens and drums approaching, the message is clear.
Top: Hermes, Messenger of Dreams, reviews the parade from the front of his temple. | Bottom: A strong pair of shoulders is always a parade benefit. (Note the reflection of the parade on the store glass behind the crowd.)
Marching bands, flambeaux and flowers on floats that waddle as they go down the street are all elements of a good parade. The crowd provides its spectacles too.
Top: Flambeaux sometimes twirl the light for tips. | Bottom: Napoleon’s steed rears. (Perhaps he was confused by crossing Napoleon Avenue.)
Top: St. Charles Avenue also displays its own majesty | Bottom: See you again next year.