The Krewe of Mecca ball, held in the Municipal Auditorium on January 9, 1969, had as its theme: This is America. Queen Mecca IX, Mrs. Frederick G. Podt, reigned over a court of eight maids who represented "the beauties and wonders of t his great land of ours."

Mecca organized in 1960. The krewe began parading in 1968 and, for a while at least, took part in the celebrity guest craze--daredevil Evil Kneivel served as parade marshall in 1977. The group disbanded following the 1978 carnival season but enjoyed a brief revival in association with the Krewe of Sparta in 1981.
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