Krewe of Carnivale en Rio
Krewe of Carnivale en Rio – Our Unique History
The story of the Krewe of Carnivale en Rio began in 2005 when a group of eleven friends, all seasoned veterans of other Lafayette area Mardi Gras krewes, decided to bring a new approach to Mardi Gras Carnival merriment to Acadiana. The founders were Elaine and Kenny Bernhard, Cindy and Larry Comeaux, Tina and Howard DeRouen, Charla Gail and Walter Glod, Rebecca and Don Landry and Ted Viator. Inspired by the spirit of Carnivale in Rio de Janeiro, the founders decided on a Brazilian theme for their new Krewe to highlight eye-popping costumes, heart-pounding music and fantastic Latin- style fun. The “Carnivale” spirit represents a moment of freedom and release through music, song and dance. Invitations were sent out to friends and relatives to become one of the 495 charter members of this new Krewe.
Dom Pedro I was the 1st emperor of Brazil in 1822 and his granddaughter, Isabel, was the Regent three times while these men traveled abroad. Isabel was known as Isabella the Redeemer, as she was the one who signed the Final Abolition of Slavery Edict in 1888. The Krewe founders decided that their Royalty would be called King Dom Pedro and Queen Isabel.
In the fall of 2005, the Directores of the Krewe celebrated the adoption of an ordinance by the Lafayette Consolidated Government. The ordinance gave the new Krewe the city’s “thumbs-up” to hold its parade two Saturdays before Fat Tuesday. In essence, this makes the Rio Parada the “kick-off” parade of Mardi Gras in Lafayette. The Krewe is delighted with the honor and keeps its promise by delivering quite a show.
In addition to the Rio Parada, the Krewe holds their Brazilian Membros Sambada each summer and their Rio Ball on, or near, Twelfth Night, marking the start of the Carnivale Season.