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The first thing you notice about the Crewe of Columbus is the spelling of the name. It's the only group on the Gulf Coast that uses "Crewe" instead of "Krewe."

When the group was founded in 1921 (1922, the year of its first parade is used as its beginning date), it was the Krewe of Columbus, and it was open only to members of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic men's organization.

After several years, however, membership was opened to others, and in 1937, the Krewe was reorganized and re-emerged as the Crewe. The main reason for the spelling change was so the initials of the Mardi Gras organization would not be confused with those of the Knights of Columbus.

In recent years, the COC parade underwent another big change. It was a longstanding tradition that members of the Crewe built the floats themselves. But in 2010, COC hit the downtown streets with professionally built floats, including their mainstays, the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

Perhaps the best-known of their permanent floats is Isabella or "Izzie," a three-headed sea serpant.

This year, the Crewe rolled on February 21 at 6:30 p.m. Their theme was Crewe of Columbus is Seeing Double! It was a reference to the year being 2020. The parade included 19 floats, 18 designed by Mark Calametti and built by Steve Mussell's Mirth Company, one rented from the Order of Polka Dots. Costumes were by Andrade's Costumes.

To see the Mask's exclusive photo album of the 2020 Crewe of Columbus parade, place your cursor on the image below and click on the arrows.

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