Here's a sneak peek of Bacchus' floats you'll see in Sunday's parade.
The iconic King Kong float first appeared in the 1972 Bacchus parade. The 18-foot tall giant ape has become a carnival staple ever since. A favorite in film, and Mardi Gras.
The matriarch of the Kong family made her Bacchus debut in 1973. She and hubby King had a blessed event nine years later. Baby Kong appears later in the parade.
Actor Jim Caviezel, best known for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in the 2004 blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ,” will reign as Bacchus XLIX. He loves New Orleans.
Officers of Bacchus
The jolly face of Bacchus smiles over the most innovative and influential Mardi Gras krewe in Carnival history with a tribute to “New Orleans — and all that JAZZ!”
“Bacchus Salutes the Saints’ 50th” The Bacchanalian celebration theme for this year honors 50 years of the Saints — with a faithful fan base unique to the New Orleans.
Our next float pays triple-tandem tribute to the exciting charm, flavors and hospitality of our beloved Crescent City. Our food, wine and heritage are world-renowned.
Without vineyards we wouldn’t enjoy the fruit of the vine, and the Roman god of wine and good cheer is our very own Bacchus! In vino veritas. In wine, there is truth.
Houston oil tycoon John Mecom Jr. was the team’s first majority stockholder, and New Orleans’ own trumpeter Al Hirt was part owner. Tom Benson acquired the team in 1985.
They can make or break a game, or even a season! The officials, while essential to playing football, are under a lot of pressure to make the right call.
They’re beautiful, professional cheerleaders whose energy and synchronized dancing can really fire up the Saints fans. New Orleans loves our girls in black & gold.
Sir Saint and Gumbo the Dog try to fire up the Saints with their antics. Gumbo’s pedigree is Saint Bernard, honoring da parish to our west.
A fairly recent Bacchus signature float devotes its attention to love and all its splendor.
Cupid shoots his arrows and says, “Another glass of wine, my dear?”
Superdome Built in 1975
The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the Saints' home stadium with a seating capacity of up to 76,468. The Saints own a perfect record there against Houston and Jacksonville.
Introduced in our Krewe's 1986 parade, the 105-foot, three-tandem float can accommodate 86 riders. The only gator that loves to eat beads!
Who dat? WE DAT! Saints fans are arguably the zaniest, most passionate fans in the NFL. Our colorful character fans add fun and energy to every game.
It was a sad time in Saints history — the team was so far down that fans donned paper bags to hide their disappointment. Buddy D led the 1980 season protest.
First Play First Touchdown!
The Saints’ debut in Tulane Stadium was the scene of the new team’s greatest start — a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by John Gilliam. Talk about expansion!
2009 World Champions!
And we won’t let anyone forget it. It was a glorious time in Saint’s history when the Saints went to the Superbowl — and WON! Lotsa Buddy D dresses celebrated.
The iconic ancient dinosaur carries its passengers in fine wine kegs, befitting of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine! First appeared back in 1972.
Back in 1982, nine years after the Kong family made their “little” girl’s debut in Bacchus, the couple had a blessed event. A BIG blessed event!
The Who Dats are just a little more passionate about the New Orleans Saints than professional sports fans in other markets, and our songs show it!
All Saints Day, Nov. 1, 1966
The New Orleans franchise was founded on All Saints Day, and the spiritual, “When the Saints Go Marching In” played a part in the team’s name selection.
Saints Support Breast Cancer Awareness
“Cure Dat” demonstrates the team’s support of Breast Cancer Awareness as they often have added pink to their black and gold colors. The team has been supportive for years.
Who Yat Nation
The local expression, “Where y’at?” spawned a myriad of songs, images, and permanently labeled the Saints fan base as the “Who Dats.” Yeah you right!
The colossal 85-foot Bacchawhoppa is one humongous whale and a favorite Bacchus signature float since 1991. 68 riders bait the crowds with beads and stuffed animals.
Dirty Bird Gumbo
The rivalry between the Saints and Atlanta Falcons is a passionate one. The “Southern Showdown” series is by far the oldest and most established rivalry in the division.
Sept. 25, 2006’s first game after Katrina’s devastation became a symbol of the city's rebirth. The blocked punt by Steve Gleason led to a triumphant 23-3 victory.
Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard Field Goal
Dempsey is most widely known for kicking a 63-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a 19–17 win over the Detroit Lions on November 8, 1970 at Tulane Stadium.
Saints Training Camp
From California to Florida to back home in their Metairie camp, the Saints have traveled throughout the country through the years to practice in front of their devoted fans.
The Dome Patrol
It was the linebacker corps of the NFL during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Under head coach Jim Mora, considered to be among the most formidable defenses in NFL history.
Mega-wealthy owner Benson is well known for doing the "Benson Boogie" after Saints home victories, second lining on the field carrying a black and gold umbrella.
Saints Go Marching In & Bless You Boys
The Saints song was famously recorded on May 13, 1938 by Louis Armstrong and his orchestra. “Bless You Boys” began in 2011 in a WWL-TV promo and continues today.
Katrina Blows the Saints to San Antonio
Owner Tom Benson toyed with the decision to move the team to San Antonio after Katrina since the Superdome was so damaged. Cooler heads prevailed. Go SAINTS!