Rex (or the School of Design as it is officially named) is the big parade on Mardi Gras day. Its monarch serves as the King of Carnival. The organization is quite civic in nature, with its Pro Bono Publico foundation donating over two million dollars to local public school initiatives since its inception. Over the years we have collected a variety of Rex memorabilia.
Each year the organization issues a ducal badge to its members. There is a corresponding ladies’ pin, which members may purchase for wives and female friends or relatives. Here are the ones for 2013, reflecting the theme “All Creatures Great and Small”. It is inspired by the gauntlets worn by the 1886 Rex.