from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. New Orleans Any of several groups with hereditary membership whose members organize and participate as costumed paraders in the annual Mardi Gras carnival: "They . . . watched a parade of bands and New Orleans-style floats run by krewes throwing necklaces of colored beads” ( Robert Reinhold). See Regional Note at beignet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A private organization in New Orleans that exists to stage a Mardi Gras Ball, Mardi Gras Parade, or both.
Alteration of crew1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From crew (Wiktionary)