Platefaces Now Recruiting for 2011 Mardi Gras!

Platefaces spotted in the French Quarter at the 2009 Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Is there any way to see the krewe in action this year? We are willing to mask. Any info is appreciated. — Roger P.

Last year around this time, I received the above email inquiry from a prospective member of the Spontaneous Krewe of Platefaces, and replied as follows:

Thanks for writing. It’s been 25 years since I last led the krewe down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras Day. I moved to Boston later that year (1985), returned in 1991, left again in 1995, and have lived in St. Louis ever since.

I hear reports of Plateface spottings every Carnival season, but have no idea who’s resurrecting the krewe, or in what numbers. Of course, I’d always hoped it would take on a life of its own. That was the whole idea from the beginning: ordinary people putting plates on their faces and starting their own spontaneous parades. Power, and fun, to the people!

So, I guess the answer to your question is: If you want to see the krewe in action, you’ll have to mobilize it yourself.

Any other prospective krewe members out there? Remember: membership is free, and the costume costs next to nothing. Just put a paper plate on your face and show up in New Orleans on Mardi Gras day: Tuesday, March 8th. Anyone else wearing a plate on his face is, ipso facto, a fellow krewe member.

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