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The Jesters Club

The Jesters’ Club, the sponsoring organization of the Knights of Babylon, was founded on June 24, 1939 by a group of New Orleans professionals who wanted to stage a first-class parade for the public and a first class tableau ball for their ladies.  We continue to adhere to that tradition.  Babylon has always received the highest praise, particularly for doing it the “right way.”  Our floats are the same design they were more than 75 years ago, we still have the traditional flambeaux and our King’s Float is mule drawn and all of our riders are required to stay masked through the entire parade.  Unlike many other organizations, we own all of our floats and we own the den where the floats are housed. 

 In 2013, Babylon was approached by the Raphael Academy about designing the masks for the riders.  The Raphael Academy is a neighbor to our Babylon den and their school is a Waldorf inspired private school for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  We are fortunate for this partnership and for the creative mindset and talent of their students who designed the masks for our Knights. 

 The parade travels the traditional New Orleans route down St. Charles Avenue.  Our traditional tableau ball was staged at the Municipal Auditorium since the inception of the organization.  However, due to extensive hurricane damage sustained by the Auditorium in August 2005, we moved our tableau ball and supper dance.  Our 2015 tableau ball and supper dance is at the Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. 

Since its inception, Babylon was held on the Wednesday before Mardi Gras.  However, the Krewe of Momus, who traditionally paraded on Thursday stopped parading in 1992 and as a result, in 1993, Babylon moved its parade and tableaux ball to Thursday before Mardi Gras.  Our 76th anniversary parade is Thursday, February 12, 2015.