New Orleans Any of several groups with hereditary membership whose members organize and participate as costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival: "They . . . watched a parade of bands and New Orleans-style floats run by krewes throwing necklaces of colored beads” ( Robert Reinhold). See Regional Note at beignet.
A club or organization taking part in the Mardi Gras in New Orleans
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