During the Inspection Ball, the Mardi Gras Parade Court is announced. Each selected Court member must meet a certain criteria.
- In true Mardi Gras tradition the Royal Court Committee will announce the King and Queen for 2018 in November 2017.
- The King and Queen may select their Honor Guard. However, the list of the potential honor guard must be approved by the court committee prior to them being told of their appointment. Honor Guard members must be a Krewe member in good standing. If they are not a member, they must join before the Inspection Ball.
- Captain Johnson may select his Crew, but must also adhere to the same guidelines as the King & Queen by getting the names approved prior to notifying Crew members of their selection. Crew members must be in good standing with the Krewe. If they are not a member they must join before the Inspection Ball.
- Jean Lafitte may select his brothers, but they also must be approved by the committee and be a member in good standing before the Inspection Ball.
- Each court member will ride in the parade and purchase throws from the Krewe.
- Court members pay for their own costumes, props, crowns, or scepters.
- Certain Court Members must coordinate with the King and Queen on the coloring of their costumes.
- To be on the Court, you must attend:
- Inspection Ball
- Lundi Gras
- Pirate Day in the Bay
- The Seahorse Open
- Billy Bowleges (if available) is strongly suggested
- Be available for Special events or promotions as much as possible
- Attend Krewe membership gatherings each month as much as possible
- Represent the Krewe of the Seahorse in a manner that follows the mission of the Krewe
- Court should purchase theme trading pins from the Krewe.
The King & Queen pick the theme/slogan (one to three words) for the Krewe, which is then approved by the court committee. They can also each have their own pin/symbol to represent themselves.
Each must purchase their own costumes, crowns, and scepters which must include:
- Inspection Ball Costume
- Parade Costume – Can be the same as the Inspection Ball costume
- Pirate Costume in the color theme chosen by the king and queen. Should be able to wear in winter and summer. (Possibly a removable jacket)
The Captain pays for his own costume, but may want to choose one that can conform to winter and summer weather. Costume must be in the same color scheme as the King & the Queen.
Captain Johnson must pick a crew of 13 members, approved by the court committee.
He is responsible for coordinating the after parade party: host, organize, set up, clean up, etc. Party will be paid for by the Krewe.
The Captain Johnson crew members pay for their own costume, but may want to choose one that can conform to winter and summer weather. Costume must be in the same color scheme as the King, the Queen, and Captain Johnson.
The crew is responsible for helping Captain Johnson coordinate the after parade party: host, organize, set up, clean up, etc. Party will be paid for by the Krewe.
Ms. Claiborne is an important member of the court as this position makes her the Chair of the Hospitality Committee for the Inspection Ball and for Pirate Day in the Bay events.
The Lafitte Brothers are Jean, Pierre, and Alexander. You are there when the Mystic Krewe of The Seahorse needs them. They are a rambunctious group of guys who love to have fun and consume lots of rum.
Selected by the King and Queen, the Honor Guard wear the same color scheme as their leaders. The Honor Guard is responsible for assisting the King and Queen.