|Invitation to the Krewe of Nereus' Carnival ball, held at the Grand Opera House on February 21,
1900. Thinking to usher in a new, modern age, Nereus chose to greet the new century with a "Grand Electric Display"
(note the electric light bulb on the invitation). Its parade was the first (and the last!) ever to be mounted on streetcar
trucks. The effort, writes Perry Young in The Mystick Krewe, was a failure:
Sixteen gorgeous tableaux were mounted on regulation trolley trucks, the last and most triumphant scene
representing the Era of Electricity. Four bands on trolley cars were interspersed in the procession. The parade
was certainly a pronounced and undeniable success,' said the Times-Democrat. But the newspaper was alone in
the opinion, and nothing like it ever again was attempted. The trolley poles reaching up through the decorations were
monuments too modern for the medieval fete. Electric lighting had the same fixed and artificial incongruity as the trolley
poles. Delays were worse than any ever caused by men or mules, the cars became separated to intervals of three, four,
and five city squares, and the curtain did not rise at the Grand Opera House until 11:15 o'clock. It caused also a
tremendous expense, and Nereus retired in his next year to tableau balls.