"They whispered to Caesar that he was mortal"
It was apparently a Roman tradition that during the “triumph” (the parade through Rome when a general returned from foreign victories) a slave stood in the chariot behind the victorious general and while holding a garland of laurel over his head, would whisper in his ear that he was only mortal, and glory is fleeting. Although repeated in George C. Scott’s final monologue in the 1970 movie “Patton,” some historians have argued this story may have been a Renaissance invention.

Mr. Halloway goes on to say the carnival’s early incarnations “sold daggers at half-price in the grand March sale.” This is a sly reference to Julius Caesar’s assassination during the ides of March (March 15).