The 98th Annual Pageant and Ball

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 Hardee

George 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*
James H. Taylor*
Lewis S. Lee
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
Jason C. Wilson
Carson Skinner
John O. Naugle

*denotes deceased

Officers & Directors

Bert Ralston

Eric Roper

Jason Harrell
First Lieutenant


Cameron Naugle
Second Lieutenant

Charlie Boyd

Jay Carney

Jack Ball
First Director

Edward Tennant
Second Director

Peter Blumeyer
Director & Whiskey Man

About Revellers

Since 1923, Ye Mystic Revellers has been the longest running Mardi Gras social event in Jacksonville and and North Florida.

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