Platefaces Now Recruiting for 2014 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.

In 2010 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.

Things have changed since then. I’m still living in St. Louis, but one of our original members — Steve Herbert, chef and proprietor at Cafe Gentilly — has agreed to don the mantle of krewe captain. So, if you’re interested in being an official member, contact Steve.

Remember: membership is free, and the costume costs next to nothing. All you have to do is put a paper plate on your face and wear it in public on Mardi Gras Day, independently or in conjunction with Steve’s somewhat-organized festivities. Anyone else wearing a plate on his face is, ipso facto, a fellow krewe member.

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