Platefaces Dish It Out for 32nd Year

2010 may be biggest spontaneous turnout ever

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The year was 1978. Mardi Gras in New Orleans had been getting bigger and more expensive every year, the floats and costumes of the organized carnival krewes more and more lavish. If something hadn’t been done soon, the average reveler would have been confined forever to the role of spectator. It just didn’t seem fair.

It was his far-sighted recognition of the need for a carnival krewe so cheap that anyone could join that prompted a presumably handsome young New Orleanian to found a new carnival group 32 years ago. No preparation was necessary to join, and the cost was less than a dime. All you had to do was put a paper plate on your face.

Without even knowing it, John Smith, the anonymous and mysterious captain-for-life of the Spontaneous Krewe of Platefaces, had simultaneously paved the way for peformance art and flash mobs.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Smith predicts that Mardi Gras 2010 will see the biggest spontaneous turnout of Platefaces ever.

This year’s theme is “First Plates,” in honor of the Saints’ first-place conference finish and their first-ever Superbowl win.

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