2/23/2013

Flea Club Mardi Gras Doubloons

As I recently heard the story, some time ago the Elks of Olreanians started a populist Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans so that ordinary people who were not part of the exclusive establishment krewes could get in on the fun too. To the best of my understanding, each truck float in this parade was created and manned by its own mini-carnival crew, each truck float had its own theme and decorations, and each even had their own Mardi Gras doubloons.
" . . . . I can remember growing up that still have a presence in Elks are the Goodtimers Carnival club and FUNtastic Carnival Club. Back in the heyday of Doubloons each of these carnival clubs would mint there own doubloons. Some of these clubs would parade for years others would come and go in the blink of an eye. But because the floats were put together by neighborhood friends or coworkers there is not an official information on each truck float . . . ." John Ray from LA
Information about these truck float doubloons is hard to come by, and this is the little bit of it that has come my way. It seems "The Flea Club" Mardi Gras doubloons were minted by one of these Elks truck float krewes in the 1960s and 1970s. When they started and when they ended ... I don't know.

Here are some other hi-res photos of the Flea Club doubloons on Photobucket.com:

1974 - gold tone aluminum - 10 Ga.
1974 - silver tone aluminum

1976 - gold tone aluminum
1976 - silver tone aluminum 

No date - gold tone aluminum
No date - silver tone aluminum 

The inventory of the Charles V. Booth collection at the University of New Orleans shows one 1968 Flea Club doubloon as being part of the Elks Krewe of Orleanians.

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New: Thanks to Bob, an excerpt from the old Bayou Product catalog showing Flea Club doubloons.