Designed exclusively for The Historic New Orleans Collection. The "flambeaux", which is the name for the torch and the torchbearer in the Mardi Gras, is a rich part of the tradition of the parade. The carrying of a cross-like torch to light the route dates back to the first Comus parade in 1857. Although electricity has lessened the need for the Flambeaux, because of the effect of the hand-carried torches a few krewes or groups in the Mardi Gras (Babylon, Momus, Proteus and Comus) still use the Flambeaux. The Flambeaux compete in showmanship for the attention and coins of the parade watchers who delight in their performances. The pin is gold plated.