The 95th Annual Pageant and Ball

Planning has begun for the 95th Annual Pageant & Ball. This always entertaining, and frequently bawdy black tie event, is unlike any other outside of New Orleans. This year’s theme is The Roaring 20s, which should be extremely entertaining. The event offers skits provided by Revellers members, open bars, an awesome live band and dancing until they close it down in the wee hours of the morning. This year’s theme is guaranteed to bring back memories for everyone attending. We hope to see you there!
Ye Mystic Revellers is North Florida’s oldest Mardi Gras organization and has been responsible for bringing these special traditions to the greater Jacksonville area since 1923. Revellers is a unique social organization whose membership is a varied cross section of Jacksonville’s business and social communities whose primary focus is to continue our city’s rich Mardi Gras tradition. Each year as we approach Fat Tuesday, Ye Mystic Revellers produces the foremost black tie pageant and ball In North Florida which in true Mardi Gras fashion is always entertaining, and sometimes bawdy.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Past Captain, Andy Shaaber.  Andy was Captain of Ye Mystic Revellers in 1992-1993, and was crowned King in 2001.  Please join with prayers for his son, Past Captain Steve Shaaber, and the entire Shaaber family.

Our History

In 1904 George W. Hardee, a native of New Orleans and participant in the Mardi gras celebrations there, worked for the Federal Government in Tampa. Upon his urging, the society editor of the Tampa Tribune began promoting a Mardi Gras style celebration, based upon the pirate Jose Gaspar. Mr. Hardee became the first Captain of “Ye Krewe of Gasparilla”.

After his time in Tampa, FL, he then moved to Jacksonville. In 1923 he was involved in convincing the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce to start a Mardi Gras style celebration called the April Follies. Adopting a slogan of “Be Yourself”, Jacksonville did so in grand style, as thousands crowded the downtown area for the longest parade in history. One of the many private social organizations involved was the “Jesters”, a group of gentlemen whose membership was limited to 53, representing a deck of cards plus the “joker”. (Naturally, George Hardee was a charter member and later became the 6th Revellers King). After taking part in the opening day parade, the group assembled at the Armory for the Coronation Ball, the theme being “A Deck of Cards”.

During the following year the organization was renamed “Ye Mystic Revellers” because another local group was also known as the Jesters. After the bubble of the Florida Boom burst, the April follies were abandoned. However, Ye Mystic Revellers continued, expanding its membership and adopting a Friday before Ash Wednesday as the date for the annual Coronation Ball. Ye Mystic Revellers continues this storied tradition to this day serving as Jacksonville’s oldest Mardi Gras celebration, where we encourage everyone to just “Soyez vous-meme” or “Be yourself”.

George W. Hardee

Past Captains

W.E. Arnold*
H.L. Covington, Jr.*
W.M. Mccrory*
Dr. Lynwood Evans*
P.H. Gaskins*
Frederick S. Cates*
James B. Waters*
Alexander Mitchell*
Robert S. Towers*
William H. Jeter*
Albion W. Knight*
James A. Yates*
Cyril C. Copp*
James C. Merrill*
John Marshall*
William B. Bond*
J. Taliaferro Lane*
Charles A. Luckie*
H. Richards James*
James A. Watson*
George Yocum, Jr. *
Dr. L.W. Holloway*
Frank M. King*
Sherman P. Hammatt*
Garner T. Gillette*
Stuart H. Richeson*
R. Kirvin Slade*
Coakley Taylor*
Malachi Haughton, III*
William E. Arnold, Jr. *
Frank L. Watson*
R. Eugene Orr*
James C Merrill, Jr. *
H. Thomas Rodgers, Jr. *
Walter B. Hawkins*
John A. Gilliland*
W. Delavan Baldwin*
Wayne K. Ramsey*
Judson B. Yerkes, III*
George J. Ellis*
Quinn R. Barton, Jr.
John H. Rogers
Harry G. Kincaid*
Camp Mason*
A. Lee Powell*
W. M. Mason, Jr.*
Harry F. Fromme*
Paisley Boney, III*
W. J. Knauer, Jr.*
J. Jerry Slade
J. Ellis Crosby, Jr.*
James H. Taylor*
Lewis S. Lee
John W. Simmons*
A. Palmer Knight
Tyler Potterfield
Robert B. Van Cleve*
Tom S. Lobrano, III
Richard M. Hart, Jr.*
W. William Allen, III
Thomas L. Barton
Downing Nightingale, Jr.
Warren D. Jolley*
Malachi Haughton, IV
William H. Jeter, Jr.
Rhodes Gay*
Fred M. Cone, Jr.*
Andreas R. Shaaber*
Robert C. Jones
W. Jerome Knauer, III
Timothy B. Gaskin
J. Demere Mason
G. Childress Lee
John R. Arnold*
Martin J. Mickler*
Robert F. Pavelka
Robert S. Steeg
Steven A. Shaaber
Ron R. Davis
David D. Bassett, Jr.
Stanton W. Hudmon
George E. Martin, Jr.
Wade McK. Hampton
Alan D. Weldon
Kevin E. Greene
William W. Allen, IV
J. Thompson Taylor
Robert B. Van Cleve, Jr.
David Thompson
P. Stockton Eller
Mark E. Holley
George E. Martin, III

D. Conor O’Leary


Officers & Directors
Jason Wilson

Carson Skinner

John Naugle
First Lieutenant

Bert Ralston
Second Lieutenant

John Trotter

Eric Roper

Jason Harrell

Cameron Naugle

Charlie Boyd

Jay Carney
Director & Whiskey Man

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