The history of Mardi Gras in the 19th century created many of the Mardi Gras traditions that exist today. The celebrations and parties were become so large and unruly that the event needed to be organized. Social clubs of the times called ‘krewes‘ began to organize. The mystic Krewe of Comus was founded in 1857, followed by another legendary Krewe, the Krewe of Rex in 1872, both of which still exist today. These clubs chose leaders or Kings and Queens. In turn the King and Queen chose royal subjects. This was the highest honor any Club member could have. The royalty was permitted to ride in the parade on the krewe’s elaborately decorated float. Members on the float throw small toys, trinkets, beads or coins called doubloons into the crowd. These coins are often decorated or embossed with the logo of the krewe.