The Tweeting of the Courts: what is #RexComus

Here's the backstory: the annual "tweeting of the courts," helps bring the lowly public to the forefront of high society.

by Mary Staes
March 6, 2019

There it was, a text alert when I woke up this morning: “What is #RexComus?”

Here’s the backstory: the annual “tweeting of the courts,” helps bring the lowly public to the forefront of high society. The meeting of the Rex and Comus courts is one of the last things to happen on Mardi Gras Day, bringing the revelry to a close for many.

For those not invited to the ball, it’s televised on public television, but only recently has Twitter gathered to poke fun at the highest echelons of Carnival royalty. That’s where #RexComus comes in. If you missed the live broadcast, or the replay immediately following, Twitter gives the best recap from locals on the spectacle. There’s even a drinking game involved. Pro tip: don’t play it, you’ll pass out.

Key words here:

Lineage – how many people in your family have been a part of the organization or krewe royalty. A must-have for these type of events.

“If Ever I Cease To Love”– Rexs’ theme song, played by an orchestra in 2019 year instead of a band. Read as: more strings, softer feel.

Page – an elementary-aged boy whose job is to help the royalty throughout the night with their costume, and not fall asleep.

If you missed it in 2019, here are the Twitter highlights:

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

More Local Stories

Top 407: the best hot dogs in Orlando

We tried Chicago Dogs, Spicy Chili Dogs, Buffalo Dogs, Reuben Dogs, and more across the Orlando area to find the best hot diggity dogs.

A guide to must-do summer events in New Orleans

Now that we’re back outside, let’s take a look at the events to do in New Orleans for the summer.

What’s On the Menu?: Greenville Food Trucks

What’s On The Menu Greenville is serving up barbecue, Latin, vegan and Thai food from mobile kitchens on wheels. Find out what’s cooking inside these fantastic Greenville food trucks.

Eat Play Stay Orlando: Sanford

On this episode of Eat Play Stay Orlando explore what’s new in the Northern part of town. Sanford has a plethora of breweries, bars, and delicious dining options to choose from.

Hometown Tragedy: The Pike County Massacre

On this episode of Hometown Tragedy: Missing in Milwaukee, we’ll explore what happened to Jerica Banks, her children, and how it impacted their community.

Six New Orleans parks that are perfect locations to celebrate 4th of July

Head to one of these six New Orleans parks to celebrate Independence Day in the city.

Cheap Date Orlando: Punk Rock & Pooches

Two Orlando couples shop vintage, search for the perfect slice, visit a post-apocalyptic saloon, and take the stage on blind dates in Orlando.

Fit and Fab: Free summer workouts in Boston

Cover photo courtesy Getty Images Looking to get fit for the summer? Still wary of COVID-19 or just looking for some sunshine while you sweat? Here are some Boston free summer workouts across the city so you can keep moving all season long! Seaport Sweat May 2 to Sept. 29 Boston’s biggest free workout series…

What’s On the Menu?: Farm-to-table

The farm-to-table movement brings locally grown foods to your plate. Not only will enjoying farm-to-table meals allow you to indulge in fresh, nutritional, seasonal dishes, but farm-to-table dining helps the environment and supports the local economy.  Check out these delicious farm-to-table restaurants in Greenville, South Carolina on the latest episode of What’s On the Menu?. …

A guide to some of the best Black-owned brunch spots in NOLA

Gather the crew together, make those reservations, and celebrate all things Black at brunch. 

Getting around the dreaded ‘box’ during Mardi Gras

It’s the black hole of Carnival season, literally.

Mardi Gras: Here’s your DIY guide to making a costume

Consider this your guide to sewing, gluing and glittering your way to Mardi Gras DIY costume glory.

Looking for a Dong Phuong king cake but can’t get to the East? Here’s a list of places that have them.

Live on the Westbank but still want to get a Dong Phuong king cake? No worries.

Handmade Halloween: Making your own costume is half of the fun

There are plenty of resources for your own DIY costume, and it won’t be the cheesy pom-pom gumball machine either.