As Mardi Gras historian Emily Hearin recounted the tale, the Knights of Ecor Rouge began as the brainstorm of several Eastern Shore friends while they were on "a spirited sailing vacation in the Grenadine Islands in December 1983."

"Ecor Rouge" is French for "Red Cliff" and is a specific reference to a triangular shaped bluff between Daphne and Fly Creek in Montrose.

Incorporated in April 1984, the organization numbered 150 by the time of its first parade in February 1985, according to Hearin.

KOER's motto is "Chevaliers a se Rappeler," which means, "Knights to Remember" in French. That was the theme of the organization's first parade and ball.

This year, KOER will parade on February 19 at 6:30 p.m. Their theme will be 80s Knights at the Movies, and the parade will include 12 floats, designed by Brent Amacker and built by Craig Stephens's Carnival Artists. Costumes are by Bienville Costumes.

 Knights of Ecor Rouge