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.
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.
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.