You would like to know more about us? The Krewe of Kolosse is a traditional Mardi Gras Krewe that has brought the traditional observance of Mardi Gras to Dothan, AL. The Krewe of Kolosse, or KOK, is a men’s society for men from 30 years and up. We organize and run Dothan’s first and only Mardi Gras Parade from the Garden District to downtown Dothan so that everyone in this area can participate in Mardi Gras. We have grown every year and now have over 100 members from all aspects of Dothan’s population. In addition to our parade we select a children’s charity each year to support and with the help of our sister organization, the Order of the Black Dress, we conduct fundraisers during the year to benefit these charities. Not only do we have the Parade and fundraising, we also have a traditional Mardi Gras Ball in Dothan. At this Ball we allow the daughters and granddaughters of our members to be presented for their debut into society. One of the debutantes is selected as the Queen of Kolosse and one of our members is selected each year to be King Kolosse. To date there have been five Kings of Kolosse and each year the King is revealed at the Ball.
For those asking, Colosse in Old French, translates to giant. We traded the “c” for a “k” and presto, we had Kolosse. We are the Krewe of Giants – literally. By definition, a krewe is an organization that puts on a ball or a parade (or both in our case) during the Carnival season leading up to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. And now there is something new you have learned.
I invite you now to go read “A Krewe in the Making“. This was written by one of the founders of the KOK. It gives a good insight to our organization, our growth, and our commitment.