Krewe of ’Tit Rex holds float auction

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The micro-krewe of ’Tit Rex builds shoebox floats.
  • The micro-krewe of ’Tit Rex builds shoebox floats.

As modest in scale as the krewe of ’Tit Rex's floats are, they've filled up available den space in krewe members' homes. The krewe will hold a float auction, offering 17 of its artistically rendered shoebox floats (used in past parades) as a fundraiser to hire bands for the annual parade, and a portion of proceeds will be donated to Roots of Music. Other artwork by krewe members also will be auctioned. The auction is Nov. 13 at Art Klub (519 Elysian Fields Ave.). Doors open for float viewing and cocktails at 7 p.m. The first lot goes up for auction at 8 p.m. Admission $10.

The krewe was founded in 2008 by local artists, and its first parade, titled "Tiny Victories," rolled in 2009. While everything else about Mardi Gras was about getting bigger (bigger floats, longer beads), the krewe decided to go small, and go retro. Many New Orleanians built shoebox floats during Carnvial season at local schools. Tit Rex revived the tradition and paraded in Bywater and Marigny. As word spread of the tiny marvels, the Rex organization threatened a lawsuit over the name's possible trademark infringement in 2011. In response, the micro-krewe slightly altered its name with an upside down "e," titled its 2012 parade "Napoleon Avenue Complex," and continues to parade.


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