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Happy Mardi Gras! On this day of debauchery, we’d like to take a moment to salute (or perhaps throw some beads to?) the hardworking horses of this festival by introducing you to “The Captain’s Horse.”
The Captain’s Horse, aka Mystic, is the ten-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse who will lead the most celebrated Krewe of Rex parade today in New Orleans, with the captain of the Krewe as his mount. Mystic has also led no less than five previous parades during the festive season, including Chaos, Endymion, Krewe d’Etat, Bacchus, and Proteus.
Last year, Mystic became part of the long tradition of Captain’s Horses, taking over for General de Gualle, who led the parades for sixteen years before passing away at the ripe old age of 30. As the new leader, Mystic has had a lot to get used to – not only the regular hustle and bustle of the parade route, but also the outreached hands of many revelers who want to say they touched The Captain’s Horse!
But Scooter Scheurich of Cascade Stables, where Mystic lives and provides bareback rides to kids in the “off season,” reports that after the initial jitters, Mystic has really taken to the job. He might even enjoy those gold-painted hooves!
To learn more about Mystic, jump over New Orleans ABC affiliate WGNO and follow reporter Kenny Lopez on a behind-the-scenes look at his life in the video: The story of Mystic, the Mardi Gras parade horse.