RT: Our Carnival Heritage: Le Krewe d'État
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Seeing the need for a return to the satire of the old-line krewes, d'État eschewed mythological, historical, or literary references in its search for a name, settling instead upon a clever pun that firmly established their raison d'etre when they formed in 1996.  Lieutenants ride on horseback, flambeaux illuminate the route, and a slyly jaundiced eye takes its shots at issues of the day in classically satirical Mardi Gras style. 
The krewe's floats are designed by Henri Schindler, distinguished Carnival historian and head designer for the School of Design (The Rex Organization). The Latin motto "Vevite ut Vehatis, Vehite ut Vivatus" translates to "Live to Ride, Ride to Live."