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The largest of all NW Florida krewes, the Krewe of Lafitte began in 1954. Consisting today of 275 members and a dozen illuminated pirate-themed parade floats, the KOL participates in numerous local and out of town parades and festive events each year.
The KOL enjoys great camaraderie among its members, especially during our many fun-filled activities and participation in community activities such as our annual charity fundraiser, Pirates for Prostates, and visits to local schools, retirement homes, and assisted living facilities.
We are pleased to regularly participate in other krewe events thoughout the Southeast, such as those held in Ft. Walton Beach, Navarre Beach, Panama City Beach, Tallahassee and Bradenton in Florida and Gulfport in Mississippi. We have traveled as far away as St. Paul, Minnesota where KOL royalty and members have participated in the Vulcan Krewe Winter Festivals.
KOL's namesake, the self styled "Gentleman Privateer" Jean Lafitte, caused great excitement and concern in Gulf of Mexico waters in the early 1800's as the leader of a large group of buccaneer raiders. However, he is perhaps most famous for assisting General Andrew Jackson against the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
Following the Battle of New Orleans, Lafitte and his men received full pardons for their previous high seas pirating exploits.
Lafitte later returned to piracy and sailed out of a pirate community he created called Campeche, which today is Galveston, Texas. His favorite pirate ship during this time was named PRIDE. It is commonly believed he died around 1825.
A Cecil B. DeMille 1959 Hollywood movie, “The Buccaneer”, featured Yul Brenner as Lafitte and Charlton Heston as Jackson. It highlighted the interaction of Lafitte and Jackson during the Battle of New Orleans. According to some experts, the movie was "actually more trustworthy than many standard history textbooks."
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Guestbook for KREWE of LAFITTE
Deano, What a collection, really enjoyed looking at them. Best photo documentation the Krewe has ever had.