The 90th Annual Ye Mystic Revellers Pageant & Ball

Friday, February 5th, 2016


Planning has begun for the 90th Annual Pageant & Ball. This year’s theme will be a Masquerade Ball to celebrate 90 Years of Ye Mystic Revellers and Mardi Gras here in Jacksonville. This always entertaining, and frequently bawdy black tie event, is unlike any other outside of New Orleans. The event offers skits provided by Revellers members, an open bar, 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.

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
W. J. Knauer, Jr. *
Jerry Sade
J. Ellis Crosby, Jr. *
James H. Taylor*
Lewis S. Lee
John W. Simmons*
A. Palmer Knight
Tyler Potterfield
Robert 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

Jeffrey R. Ludwig
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


Officers & Directors

P. Stockton Eller

Mark E. Holley

George E. “Trey” Martin, III
First Lieutenant

Michael Bassett
Second Lieutenant

D. Conor O’Leary

Jason Wilson

Carson Skinner

John Naugle

Bert Ralston

John Trotter
Director & Whiskey Man

Revellers doesn’t exist without the help of this great woman!

Pam Muldoon
Executive Secretary


Wednesday, December 2nd – Revellers Annual Voting Night
This is a great time to officially kick off the Holidays among fellow Revellers all while enjoying an adult beverage!
Location:  Knights of Columbus Hall (1509 Hendricks Avenue)
Voting is from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m

Saturday, January 9th – Revellers Annual Skeet Shoot
W.W. Sporting Clays (1145 Otis Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32219)
10:00am – 2:00pm
We will shoot at 10:30, then all meet up for a cookout afterwards

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