New Book Documents 150 Years of Rex History

Published to celebrate the Rex Organization’s 150th Anniversary, Rex: 150 Years of the School of Design provides a decade-by-decade account of a century and a half of colorful Rex history. This limited-edition volume, written by Rex Historian and Archivist Stephen Hales, with a preface by noted New Orleans author Walter Isaacson, is now available for purchase. Purchase Now

Carnival Updates

King’s Day Begins Carnival Season

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Rex Honors Longstanding Relationship with St. Augustine

Launches celebrations for 150th anniversary year (Read All)

Since the founding of the Rex Organization in 1872 its traditions have helped define Mardi Gras. Rex's Proclamation invites his subjects to the grand celebration of Carnival. His royal colors of purple, green, and gold are to this day the colors of Mardi Gras, and the song played in the first Rex parade, "If Ever I Cease to Love," has become Carnival's anthem. Rex and his Queen preside over the Rex Ball, Carnival's glittering conclusion.