Rex in the Classroom

The Rex parade traditionally illustrates a theme rich in references to history, mythology, geography and the arts-a colorful world inviting exploration. Rex in the Classroom was created to encourage and support that exploration by students of every age.

In this area you will find materials describing this year's Rex parade, including parade notes, illustrations, and web links. These materials may be used to support teachers' efforts as they help their students explore the theme and float titles of this year's Rex parade.

The 2018 theme, “L’Ancienne Nouvelle-Orléans,” honors New Orleans as it celebrates its Tricentennial and presents elements of its rich history and culture. With a focus on its first century, float designs depict the people, places and events that shaped this unique American city. Beginning with float designs honoring “Father Mississippi” and the indigenous people who first lived here and concluding with a float depicting Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans, the 2018 Rex Processsion colorfully illustrates the men, women and events that first shaped the Crescent City.

Parade bulletins are provided for classrooms participating in “Rex in the Classroom.”

Developing creative float designs has been a popular Rex in the Classroom activity in past years. This year’s theme provides a wonderful opportunity for students to design their own floats using a downloadable PDF worksheet of a Rex float chassis. Student designs that are posted to social media sites should include a link to Rex's account:

  • Facebook: Rex Parade
  • Twitter: @RexParade
  • Instagram: @rexparade

Available “Rex in the Classroom” materials: