2024 Rex Procession
“The Two Worlds of Lafcadio Hearn”
Few writers have better understood and described the unique culture of New Orleans than Lafcadio Hearn. When he left New Orleans to live and write in Japan, he opened a window into another rich and colorful culture. His writing about both of his worlds is filled with unforgettable images, many of which are captured in the 2024 Rex procession dedicated to this remarkable writer. In 1989, Rex honored Hearn with the procession entitled “Lafcadio Hearn’s Fantastics,” which featured mainly New Orleans-themed floats. This year’s procession, entitled “The Two Worlds of Lafcadio Hearn – New Orleans and Japan,” is weighted toward Hearn’s Japanese writings, many of which were based on local ghost stories and folklore.