The Krewe of Endymion, for its 51st parade, presents “Endymion’s Constellations," a travel through many of the 88 officially recognized constellations that cover the entire sky.
Float #1: Captain Endymion:
Endymion’s 81-man Captain’s float is one of the brightest and most impressive fiber optic displays in Mardi Gras. In 2010, at a cost of over $300,000, this float was renovated to include almost 10 miles of fiber optics and supplemented with extensive LED lighting.
Float #2: Special Invited Guests – KC and the Sunshine Band:
KC and the Sunshine Band was founded in 1973 by Harry Wayne Casey (KC) in Hialeah, Florida – "the Sunshine State." Hence the name KC and the Sunshine Band. The group has gone on to have many hit records and albums including “That’s the Way I Like It”, “Shake Your Booty”, “I’m Your Boogie Man” to name but a few.
Float #8: SS Endymion - Poppa Joe
The “Poppa Joe” is Endymion’s original "signature float." The inaugural ride of this sidewheel-driven riverboat was in 1976, and at 56 feet long, it was at that time the largest float in Mardi Gras. It is named in honor of the memory of two of Endymion’s charter members, Joseph Muniz, father of the Captain, and Joseph Assunto, who was affectionately known as the "Chief."
Float #9: Welcome to the Mardi Gras
“Welcome to the Mardi Gras” is a two unit signature float that carries 108 riders, essentially all from the Baton Rouge area. They call themselves the ‘Yats”. This float, with its large oscillating jester head, is embellished with over 9000 illuminating fibers. It depicts scenes of New Orleans’ French Quarter and Superdome along with its native and international heritage.
Float #10 – Title Float --- ‘Endymion’s Constellations’
Endymion’s “Title Float” is a three unit ‘Signature Float’. The front and rear of this float have 14 foot ‘Comedy Masks’ that depict the fun and revelry of Mardi Gras. Each mask is illuminated with over 7000 fibers. The middle unit sequentially spells out ENDYMION in waves of fiber optic colors while a programmable LED marque animates this year’s title – “Endymion’s Constellations” As the title suggests, this year’s parade highlights many of sky’s 88 named constellations.
Float #11 – Constellations Vulpecula & Ophiuchus (Lacoon)
The first of Endymion's 2017 theme floats is the Constellation Vulpecula which lies in the northern sky. In Latin, its name means, “the little fox”.
Float 11B, is a representation of Constellation Ophiuchus – in Greek, it means “serpent-barer’. This large constellation can be seen in the night sky from June through October. Although most of the stars are dim, Ophiuchus' teapot shape makes it easy to find.
Float #12 – Constellations Auriga, Centaurus & Columba
The first of this three unit float is Auriga, the 21st largest constellation in the night sky. It is usually depicted as a charioteer, holding the reins of a chariot with his right hand and carrying a goat and its two young on his left arm.
Unit 12B, Centaurus is a bright constellation in the southern sky. In Greek mythology, it represents the centaur, a “half man, half horse” creature which is illustrated by the artistry on the sides of this unit.
The third unit is Constellation Columba which represents Noah’s dove in the sky. In 1592, Petrus Plancius created the constellation from the stars located behind Argo Navis, the constellation that represented the Argonauts’ ship and was later split into several smaller constellations.
Float #13 – “Constellations Musca and Andromeda”
Float 13A, Constellation Musca, known as the Fly, is a very small constellation (77th in the order of 88) in the southern hemisphere.
The second unit, Constellation Andromeda, is located in the northern sky and was named after the mystical princess Andromeda, the wife of the Greek hero Perseus. It is also known as the “chained maiden”, Persea (wife of Perseus)
Float #14 – Constellations “Camelopardalis and Crater”
The first unit is Constellation Camelopardalis which lies in the northern hemisphere. Its name comes from the Latin derivation of the Greek word for “giraffe.”
Float 14B is a depiction of the Constellation Crater which is located in the southern sky. Its name means “the cup” in Latin and is one of the original Greek constellations.
Float #15 – “Constellations Delphinus and Ursa Major”
Constellation Delphinus is located in the northern sky. It is one of the smallest constellations (69th in size) and its name means “the dolphin” in Latin.
Closely following Delphinus is Ursa Major the largest constellation in the northern sky. Its name means “the great bear,” or “the larger bear,” in Latin.
Float #16 – SS Captain Eddie
The “SS Captain Eddie” signature float memorializes the elegance and beauty of the large Mississippi River boats of the 1800’s that carried passengers and freight throughout the river system. It is named after Endymion’s Captain of over 50 years, Ed Muniz and was the largest float in Mardi Gras and the first to have integrated both fiber optic lighting with LED circuitry.
Float #17 – “Constellations Aquila and Crux”
Constellation Aquila is located in the northern sky, near the celestial equator. It is the 22nd largest constellation of stars in the sky. Its name means “the eagle” in Latin.
Crux, which means “the cross” in Latin, is a prominent constellation in the southern sky. It is the smallest of all 88 constellations.
Float #18 – Constellations Cetus, Capricorn, and Lyra
Float #18 depicts three very diverse constellations, Cetus, Capricorn and Lyra. Cetus is located in the northern sky and is one of the largest constellations. It was named after Cetus, the “sea monster” from the Greek myth about Andromeda.
The second unit (18B) in this trilogy is Capricorn. Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Capricorn represents a creature that is a blend of fish and goat and the name means “goat-horn” in Latin.
The third unit (18C) is Constellation Lyra. It lies in the northern sky and represents the lyre, a small harp.
Float #19 – Constellations Leo and Vela
Leading float 19 is Constellation Leo, a zodiac constellation and one of the oldest, largest and most recognized constellation in the sky. Leo represents “the lion.”
Constellation Vela is the 32nd constellation in size and is located in the southern hemisphere. In Greek mythology, Vela represents the sails of the Argo Navis, the ship on which Jason and the Argonauts sailed to get the Golden Fleece.
Float #20 – Constellations Perseus and Pyxis
Constellation Perseus lies in the northern sky, next to Andromeda. It was named after the hero Perseus in Greek mythology.
Constellation Pyxis lies in the southern sky and represents the magnetic compass used by navigators and seamen.
Float #21 – Constellations Ursa Minor and Lacerta
The first float is constellation Ursa Minor. It lies in the northern sky. The constellation’s name means “the smaller bear,” or “the lesser bear,” in Latin.
The second unit, Constellation Lacerta, is one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical Union. Its name is Latin for ‘lizard’.
Float #22 – Ole’ Man River
“Ole’ Man River” signature float is synonymous with the Crescent City and depicts the endless and uncaring flow of the meandering Mississippi River through the city of New Orleans that is sometimes referred to as ‘The City that Care Forgot’. A beautiful golden haired water nymph trumpets the ship’s approach as colorful shrimp, crawfish and crabs scatter at the river’s bottom.
Float #23 – Constellations Taurus, Dorado and Orion
Float 23A is Constellation Taurus, Latin for “bull”. It is a big and prominent constellation in the northern hemisphere’s winter sky.
The second unit is Constellation Dorado which lies in the southern hemisphere. Its name means “the dolphinfish” in Spanish.
Constellation Orion is prominently located on the celestial equator and visible throughout the world. It was named after Orion, a hunter in Greek mythology.
Float #24 – Endymion Television (E-TV)
In 2015, Endymion introduced a new and exciting innovation, a float entitled “Endymion TV”, having a massive state of the art 8’x20’ HD TV screen with cameras on both sides of the float that capture the enthusiasm of individuals in the crowd. For the first time spectators can see themselves with arms waving to the chant of ‘Throw Me Something Mister’.
Float #25 – Constellations Cygnus, Hercules, Lepus, and Corvus
This four unit float is led by Cygnus, a constellation in the northern sky which lies on the plane of the Milk Way. Its name is derived from the Latinized Greek word for “swan”.
The second float in this quadrature of floats is the constellation Hercules; it is located in the northern sky. It was named after Hercules, the Roman version of the Greek hero.
The third unit is Constellation Lepus which lies south of the celestial equator and immediately south of Orion (the hunter). It is sometimes represented as a hare being chased by Orion or, alternatively, by Orion's hunting dogs.
Corvus is a small constellation in the southern celestial hemisphere Its Latin name means “raven”.
Float #26 – Constellations Indus and Cassiopeia
Constellation Indus is 49th in size and is located in the southern hemisphere. The constellation represents the Indian.
The second unit is Constellation Cassiopeia which resides in the northern sky. It is named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology.
Float #27 (A&B) – Constellations Pegasus and Libra
The first unit, Constellation Pegasus, lies in the northern hemisphere. It is one of the largest constellations in the sky. Pegasus, in Greek mythology, was a winged horse with magical powers.
The second unit is Constellation Libra which lies in the southern sky. It is one of the zodiac constellations. The constellation’s name means “the weighing scales” in Latin.
Float #28 – ‘Pontchatrain Beach’
The nine unit “Pontchatrain Beach” float debuted in 2013 and is considered to be one of the greatest achievements in the realm of float construction. Each float depicts an amusement ride or facility at the legendary Pontchatrain Beach in New Orleans. The nine coupled chassis represent the Zephyr, the Carousel, the Ferris Wheel, the Wild Maus, the Haunted House, Lighthouse/Beach, the Laff in the Dark, the Music Express and the Beach’s signature iconic Clown.
Float #29 (A&B) – Constellations Cancer and Aquarius
Constellation Cancer is located in the northern sky. Its name means “the crab” in Latin.
Aquarius constellation is located in the southern hemisphere and is the 10th largest constellation in the sky; it is also one of the 12 zodiac constellations. The constellation’s name means “the water-bearer” in Latin.
Float #30 (A&B) - Constellations Phoenix and Pisces
Phoenix constellation lies in the southern sky. The constellation was originally introduced by the Dutch astronomer Petrus Plancius in the late 16th century and was named after the Phoenix, the sacred and mythical fire bird that rises from its own ashes.
Constellation Pisces lies in the northern hemisphere and its name means “the fish” in Latin.
Float #31 (A, B, &C) – Constellations Monoceros, Microscopium and Pavo
Constellation Monoceros is a faint constellation on the celestial equator. Its name is Greek for “unicorn”.
Microscopium is a minor constellation in the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. Its name is a Latinised form of the Greek word for “microscope”.
Constellation Pavo lies in the southern sky. Its name means “the peacock” in Latin.
Float #32 (A&B) – Constellations Aries & Grus
Aries constellation is located in the northern hemisphere and is the first astrological sign in the Zodiac. Its name means “The Ram” in Latin.
Grus is a constellation that can be found in the southern sky. Its name is Latin for “crane”, a type of bird.
Float #33 – Constellations Virgo, Sagittarius and Draco
Virgo is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for “virgin”.
The second unit is Sagittarius and one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for “the archer”.
The third unit depicts Constellation Draco, which lies in the northern sky and is one of the largest constellations. In Latin, Draco means “the dragon.”
Float #34 – Constellations Gemini and Scorpius
Gemini is one of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for “twins” and in Greek mythology is associated with the twins Castor and Pollux.
Scorpius is another of the constellations of the zodiac. Its name is Latin for “scorpion”, or literally translated as ‘creature with the burning sting’.
Float #35(A&B) – Constellations Ashlesha and Scutum
Ashlesha most notably known as Hydra, the water snake, is the largest constellation in the sky. It lies in the southern hemisphere.
Scutum constellation lies in the southern sky. Its name means “the shield” in Latin.
Float #36 – Club Endymion
“Club Endymion” is a tribute to Endymion’s immensely successful and memorable Extravaganzas that have taken place during and after the parade passes through the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The float is configured in the iconic shape of the Superdome with a video marque in the front and an illuminated theater pylon reminiscent of the Sanger Theater at the rear. The HD-TV screen acquaints the spectators with the excitement generated by the parade and entertainment within the Superdome during Endymion’s extraordinary party and best known as ‘The Extravaganza’.