Krewe of Zeus
The Krewe of Zeus is the oldest parading organization in Metairie, having been founded in 1957 making their 2004 parade their 47th Mardi Gras Production. The beginnings of this all male club is interesting, to say the least. A group of six businessmen, while partying at Gennaro’s bar on Metairie Road, decided that it was time for Metairie to have its own carnival parade. The discussion then centered around who would be Captain, King and other Officers of the Club. Unable to reach a decision voluntarily, they rolled dice to choose their first leaders. Businessman, Bill Dwyer, won the roll of the dice and reigned as the first King.
And so, with rented costumes and rented floats and led by search lights in the sky, the Krewe of Zeus staged its first parade in 1957. The parade was some five and one-half hours in duration because they felt it their duty to stop and toast at every drinking establishment along Metairie Road. But with the years, the Krewe of Zeus has changed and has become the leading carnival parading group in Jefferson Parish that lives up to its motto “Second to None”