In Greek mythology, Endymion was a young man so handsome that Selene, the goddess of the moon, fell in love with him and asked Zeus to grant him eternal youth in so he would never leave her. In typical Greek ironic tradition, Zeus granted her wish by putting Endymion into an eternal sleep: never dead, but never awake.
In New Orleans, the Krewe of Endymion is one of the “new” parade organizations which started in the 60’s and led a resurgence of interest in both the city of New Orleans and Mardi Gras. Well known for having movie stars and rock musicians as their Grand Marshall (this years honoree was Kid Rock, who has a long relationship with the city through his friendship with Sidney Torres) , Endymion is also known as the “people’s parade”.
People also came to Endymion’s parade to catch throws. As the most generous club in Carnival, krewe memberslived up to their motto, “Throw until it hurts.” Literally, millions of beads, cups, doubloons and trinkets were tossed-then as now, no one goes home from an Endymion parade empty-handed.
So thanks to Stevie, Mid City Tommy, Mikey Mike, The Hebrew Hammer and all the rest of the Murat Street Krewe for the lagniappe. And a special thanks to Gayle for the photos, the beads and especially the spirit … she takes New Orleans with her wherever she goes!