A carnival tradition: Rex members give out pins to the ladies

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- Every year members of the Rex Organization  do something special to show the ladies in their lives a little love. They give out a precious pin.

“We have received a Rex ladies’ pin,” Meghan Kehoe, daughter of Rex member, said. “It's a really special tradition. Our father and grandfather are both members of the organization. It's a really nice gesture to have a piece of carnival with us all the time."

The pins are made to look like the ducal medallions worn by the men of Rex. They are designed to reflect the traditions of carnival or to give a nod to the theme of that year's parade. Every year the design is different.

The little tokens of love are crafted with fine materials to delight those who receive them.

"You'll see lovely little rhinestone and enamel, gold and silver medals that amount to a very glittery remembrance of carnival," Dr. Stephen Hales, Rex Archivist, said.

The men’s pins are only supposed to be worn during specific Rex events.

The ladies' pins are for more than special occasions. They are a little bit of Mardi Gras flair you can wear anywhere.

"It's become part of the tradition. You will see them on business suits; you'll see them on sweatshirts. You'll see them on ball gowns," Dr. Hales described.

The pins are a fashion statement women can wear and cherish all year-long.

“It's a nice thing to have. It's a wonderful memento of a great day and a wonderful family tradition," Kaitlin Kehoe, daughter of a Rex member, said.

The tradition of giving out pins began in the mid-1960’s.


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