We previously unmasked the Mardi Gras traditions of wearing masks, Flambeaux (flame torch), and throwing beads. Today, we’ll reveal the mysteries of Rex, the King of the Carnival, and throwing Zulu coconuts:
Rex, The King of Carnival
Every year in New Orleans, a king is crowned. His name is Rex, the king of the Carnival, and he first ascended to the throne in 1872. History has it that the very first Rex was actually the Grand Duke Alexis of Russia who, upon a visit to the U.S., befriended U.S. Army officer George Armstrong Custer during a planned hunting expedition in the Midwest. Every year, the Rex Organization chooses a new Rex, always a prominent person in New Orleans. He is given the symbolic Key to the City by the Mayor.
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Handing Out Zulu Coconuts
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is one of the oldest traditionally black krewes– aka parade hosts – in Mardi Gras history. The organization is known for handing out Zulu coconuts, or “golden nuggets.” The earliest reference to these coconuts appears in 1910. The first coconuts were left in their original hairy state, but years later, Zulu members started painting and decorating them. Getting a Zulu coconut is one of the most sought after traditions during Mardi Gras.
This was the first time I heard of this interesting tradition. Feet and podiatry have some unusual traditions as well, including foot binding. Click here to learn more about the foot binding tradition.
Traditions help make us who we are today. If you are not experiencing the level of podiatric healthcare today that you would like to, call 309-661-9975 to schedule an appointment with a foot care expert!