"All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small," the first lines of a beloved Anglican hymn, provide the theme for the 2013 Rex Procession. Creatures-real and imaginary, massive and tiny-make up the colorful Rex Carnival menagerie. The hymn was first published in C.F. Alexander's "Hymns for Little Children" in 1848. James Herriot chose "All Creatures Great and Small" as the title of his popular book about a Yorkshire veterinarian.
This fanciful collection of creatures of nature and mythology inspires the design of the floats of the 2013 Rex Parade. With 27 floats and 450 riders, the 2013 Rex Procession will roll along the traditional St. Charles Avenue parade route beginning at 10 AM on Mardi Gras, February 12, 2013.
The "Rex in the Classroom" program allows teachers and students to access material about the Rex theme and float titles, including links to help them as they learn more about the history and culture of those who lived in the Americas long before Columbus.