Her hair was a mess, she smeared some lipstick on her face, and she wore a ratty-looking dress thing. The great thing about make-up is that it can help you make subtle changes to your look and if you don’t like it, no problem – it’s not permanent. And just like that, it was Halloween! Adult Halloween costumes are so much fun! They stole cowbells and rakes and then paraded through the streets making as much noise as they could. She was cool back then and she is still pretty awesome now. SUBSCRIBE TO THE PODCAST NOW! The Kewes can be traced back to Mobile, Alabama in 1831. A man named Michael Krafft had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends when they decided to break into a hardware store.
They did, and named it the Mystick Kewe of Comus. The Kewe of Rex is credited with introducing the tradition of the fattened ox to the Mardi Gras festival by using it as a theme for a giant float. One theory regarding the origin of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is that it was named after the ritual of leading a fattened ox through the village streets before Lent. The other krewes (named such as Rex, Zulu, Proteus, and Momus) are also private clubs, often linking back to old-line Catholic or Protestant social networks. These are private clubs that give parties, parades and balls during Mardi Gras season.
These balls go on all season, with the final one held on Mardi Gras. Afterwards it was slaughtered to provide the final meal before Lenten restrictions on meat and dairy products went into effect. There are also “maverick” krewes whose memberships are open to anyone who can pay the required fee to join. In 1988, there were approximately 60 krewes in New Orleans. In 1857, six men from Mobile and members of the Society moved to New Orleans. This lead to the creation of the Cowbellion de Rakin Society. Sure, this was 2001, so maybe Heidi can live it down now, but still…this was bizarre, especially for a German supermodel star!
These fried cakes can be found in many German settled areas today. Today in the UK it is celebrated on All Hallows Eve, the night of October 31, the last night of October which was originally the eve of Samhain. Today they parade through the streets for almost 3 weeks before Mardi Gras. This group organized a rowdy costume parade the following year featuring tableaux and dancing. Comus remains the most traditional krewe, producing floats for the parade similiar to those seen a hundred years ago. It is also believed that the floats seen in the Mardi Gras parades were derived from religious tableaux originally performed in churches, later removed outside when they got too rowdy.