The Krewe of Troubadours is a premiere Mardi Gras krewe located in Lafayette, LA. For over six
decades, members of the Troubadours have celebrated Mardi Gras with the most lavish costumes and
regality found anywhere during the Mardi Gras season.
Here you can view our past and present royalty, get information on riding in a Mardi Gras parade, view
past Mardi Gras Kings and Queens, watch videos of Troubadours events, or find out how to become a
member of the Troubadours.
Join us for Mardi Gras in Lafayette, LA!
Our Rich History
To understand the history of The Order of the Troubadours, one must begin many years prior to Richard
Coeur de Lion's first appearance on the stage of Isenberg Hall in Lafayette, Louisiana on the campus of
Cathedral High School in 1953. The journey began in 1947 when the Quota Club, an organization of
local businesswomen, began to present lavish Mardi Gras pageants under the direction of Mrs. Gloria
Hayes Patton Knox. When the Quota Club disbanded in 1952, Mrs. Knox approached the members of
the Lafayette Town House Club with the notion of continuing the Mardi Gras celebrations under their
auspices. Our happy Troubadours and their beloved monarch Richard have since traveled a long and
winding road. The Krewe has enjoyed over a half a century of uninterrupted revelry since that St.
Valentine's Day evening in 1953 to the delight and approval of more than one hundred thousand
spectators. Gloria Knox passed away in 2008 at the age of 102.
Read more on our history, click here.