Bacchus was the god of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Roman mythology. This design was commissioned by the Krewe of Bacchus in New Orleans. Founded in 1968 by Owen Brennan, Jr. as one of the first modern “superkrewes,” defined by their size, spectacular floats, and celebrity riders. Bacchus was the first krewe to have celebrities appear as Kings of its parade. Past Kings of Bacchus have included: William Shatner, Lorne Greene, Charlton Heston, Jackie Gleason, Bob Hope, Jon Lovitz, and more recently, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin,Michael Keaton, James Gandolfini, Hulk Hogan in 2008, Val Kilmer in 2009, Drew Brees in 2010, and Will Ferell in 2012.