Nonetheless, in what may be a classic David vs. Goliath legal donnybrook, last year the mega-krewe threatened to sue the micro-krewe for trademark infringement, leading the smaller, Petit (“’tit,” get it?) Rex krewe to invert the “e” in its name.
The inverted “e” symbol, known as a schwa — despite sounding like something out of Wayne’s World (or was that “schwing?”) — is used in phonetic spellings.
Members pulled shoebox-sized floats with satirical themes, passed out “schwa” (inverted e) stickers, and threw some really tiny throws.
One of the marching bands played “It’s a Small World.”
It was all great fun, a Mardi Gras parade with really small ambitions.