Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 21, 2019 / Eve Owen
After the founding of the Mystic Krewe of Comus in 1857 (and their nighttime torch-lit parade) the Krewe Of Rex established several key factors that would become staples for the entire Carnival tradition in 1872: the Mardi Gras flag the official colors of purple green and gold and the "royal anthem" of a song titled "If Ever I Cease To Love." In classic New Orleans style the song comes from a burlesque show entitled "Blue Beard" and features some of the craziest lyrics this side of a Christina Aguilera National Anthem performance: "If Ever I Cease To Love If Ever I Cease To Love/May cows lay eggs and fish grow legs If Ever I Cease To Love." Our very own Edward Branley recently told the fascinating story of how these insane lyrics have anything to do with Mardi Gras.
I m still working off that hangover. Winding Down With Rex and Comus After all the revelry of the Carnival season and the events leading up to it Mardi Gras night has become a sacred "restful" institution in my house. Like a runner who has passed the finish line of a massive marathon I offer those weary exhausted souls one last hoorah before Ash Wednesday begins. With a huge pot of red beans and rice multiple boxes of Popeye s Chicken ("Ain t no pawty like a popeyes pawty y all") and the last remaining crumbs of king cake my "tribe" gathers at 7pm on Mardi Gras night for the viewing of The Rex/Comus Ball on WYES. (*details of the Rex/Comus drinking game will not be discussed in this article. Thanks ~Mr. Credo).
So if you happen to find yourself at your grandma s house on Mardi Gras night watching the Rex/Comus ball impress ya maw maw that you know that classic tune that keeps playing over and over. Maybe even sing a lyric or two. The oldest Mardi Gras song in the book is likely one of the most important songs in the history of our city. "May the moon be turned to green cream cheese If Ever I Cease To Love." Chuck Credo IV is a contributing author to GoNOLA.com the Official "What s Going On In New Orleans?" Blog with reviews of live music spots restaurants festivals art and so much more. GoNOLA is what you want to do on your next trip to New Orleans! Chuck Credo IV is a fourth generation New Orleans musician.