In 1939, a group of professional men organized a social club, the Jesters Club. Many of the krewes in existence at that time were very selective in terms of membership, so there were doctors, lawyers and other professionals who were unable to get into these krewes. The Jesters Club formed the Knights of Babylon. The krewe paraded for the first time in 1940, and are now one of the oldest organizations that still parade. Babylon was the Wednesday night fixture in the parade schedule for decades until shakeups in that schedule in the 1990s opened up the Thursday night slot on the Uptown route.
The Knights of Babylon carry through their namesake land’s theme completely. Their king is named Sargon, and their signature floats – that roll every year, along with the regular member floats which change annually with the new theme – include the “Hanging Gardens of Babylon and the “Temple of Marduk.” The officers of Babylon ride on a well-made replica float that depicts an old mule-drawn “bobtail” streetcar from the 1860s.”