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We couldn't let the week go by without sending kudos to the members of Endymion and its founder and captain Ed Muniz as they celebrate the krewe's 50th anniversary. There is no one quite like Muniz, a former Jefferson Parish politician and radio station owner; therefore, there's no parade quite like Endymion.

  The parade, formed in Gentilly, took its name from a horse at the Fair Grounds Race Course that also shared the name of the Greek god of youth. In 1967, Muniz and friends went door to door recruiting members for the krewe's first parade, which featured floats rented from the Krewe of Carrollton.

  1974 marked a turning point for Endymion. That was the first year it held its first post-parade extravaganza, which was inside the now demolished Rivergate convention center. Doc Severinsen was the first in a long list of Endymion headliners that also has included Alice Cooper, Wayne Newton, Suzanne Somers, Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood. Over the years Endymion has added bigger, more elaborate floats and more riders. Membership now tops 3,100.

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