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The former ‘tit Rex 2013 miniature Mardi Gras parade was a demi delight

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EnlargeMicro Krewe 'tit Rex rolls down St. Roch Saturday night with mini throws, mini floats and multiple bands. (Photo by Kerry Maloney)2013 Micro Krewe 'tit Rex rolls in New Orleans gallery (9 photos)

 

 

 

 

The 2013 edition of the miniature Mardi Gras parade formerly known as ‘tit Rex, featuring tiny floats towed through the streets by their makers like Chihuahuas on leashes, was a brilliant little affair. This year’s theme was The Bare Minimum, yet the toy float builders seemed to maximize their artistic and satiric skills better than ever.

Each beautifully designed mini float bore a topical pun based on the word bare (as in the float dedicated to the BP oil spill, which was titled “Barely Punished”) or bear (as in the float surmounted by a polar bear atop a watery blue globe) or Bayer (as in aspirin, as in minimal medical options).

The folks who built the biting Right to Bear Arms float (featuring gun-toting Pooh Bears) hit on the simple but effective idea of adding a legibly large title flag to their float leash. I hate to admit it, but the business card-sized labels affixed to most former 'tit Rex floats are difficult for my, shall we say, mature eyes to make out as they rattle along the pavement on their toy wheels.

Legible or not, the floats were all fully unique and new, the miniature hand-made throws were especially wonderful, the bands were excellent and the crowd seemed pleased with the intrinsically tongue-in-cheek child-like sub spectacle. If there was any drawback to this year’s parade, it was that there seemed to be barely enough of it. It’s antithetical, I suppose, but as its popularity grows, I’d like to see the former ‘tit Rex somehow become a bit grander.

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The former ‘tit Rex and Chewbacchus arty Mardi Gras parades, Sat. in New Orleans

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CHRIS GRANGER/THE TIMES-PICAYUNE It took some kneeling and lots of looking down as the float entitled, "Tutu Pequeno Tutu Tarade" being pulled by Michael Cerveris, top left, goes up Poland Avenue in New Orleans for the 'tit Rex parade on Saturday, February 26, 2011. (Photo by CHRIS GRANGER/ NOLA.com | THE TIMES-PICAYUNE)

 

By Doug MacCash, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

January 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM, updated January 21, 2013 at 4:55 PM

My number one, not-to-miss 2013 Carnival occurrence will take place Saturday (Jan. 26) in the Bywater and Marigny neighborhoods, as two of the Crescent City’s premier post-Katrina do-it-yourself parades, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus and the mini-marching parade formerly known as ‘tit Rex (a shortened form of Petit Rex, inspired by the venerable Rex parade and pronounced like the dinosaur), will roll through the narrow streets. The Chewbacchus parade is devoted to Star Wars, Star Trek and all things science fictiony. The parade formerly known as ‘tit Rex (more on that in paragraph three) is a Lilliputian version of a Carnival procession, with shoe box- sized floats towed by formally attired marchers.

Neither Chewbacchus nor the parade formerly known as ‘tit Rex are as huge or splendid as most Carnival parades. But the expressive homemade floats and individualistic costumes in both parades make them much more amusing than most major Carnival krewes – to an art critic anyway. To me, they will always represent the bottom-up, come back spirit that is the silver lining of New Orleans’ 2005-to-present recovery era.

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Mini Mardi Gras: New Orleans’ Only Petit Parade


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The "Angry Mermaid" float from 'tit Rex's 2011 parade. (Photo courtesy of titrexparade.blogspot.com)

by ELIZABETH PEARCE on FEBRUARY 10, 2012

in ARTS & CULTUREEVENTSTHINGS TO DO

 

During Carnival weekend, super krewes roam the streets of Uptown and Mid-City. But this Saturday, the Krewe of ‘tit Rex, which rolls through the Bywater and Marigny, makes the case that smaller can actually be better. Dubbed New Orleans’ only micro krewe, ‘tit Rex’s floats are miniature jewels, every bit as detailed and playful as their grander cousins.

For folks who grew up in New Orleans, these mini floats are a nod to the familiar childhood practice of transforming a shoe box into a float by decorating it with toys and leftover beads from Mardi Gras past. If you made it alone at home, it was a bit forlorn, but float construction was usually done at school and the Friday before Mardi Gras, you and your classmates would pull your creations around the school, making your very own parade.

‘Tit Rex float builders take this childhood experience a step further, decorating their floats with LED lights, dry ice smoke and the occasional mechanical moving part. The krewe’s name conjures up several allusions. The most obvious is phonetic, that of the dinosaur T-Rex. But the spelling that the krewe uses, “tit Rex” is also a nod to the southern Louisiana practice of referring to a younger son with the diminutive “petit,” so instead of calling him “Bob Jr.” he is “Petit Bob” or “tit Bob.”

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