The Color Corps is an ELECTIVE division of the Fourth Degree, whose distinctive presence in parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, Confirmations and other Catholic functions are a visible reminder of our service to the community.  There is a new Fourth Degree Uniform with blazer, tie, dark grey pants and beret.  The ceremonial sword symbolizes Christian Knighthood, and is carried to signify reverence to Church, Eucharist, country and freedom.  Color Corps members wear the colors with pride, knowing they represent the very best of the Knights of Columbus.  

Current cost of beret, blazer, tie and dark grey pants is about $510 from Knights Gear.

Vendors: for sword


Certain members of the Fourth Degree serve as Color Guards and Honor Guards at civic and religious functions, an activity which has brought worldwide recognition to the Knights of Columbus organization. Honor Guardsmen have mastered the “Manual of the Swordsmen”.

Explanation of the colors worn by the Fourth Degree when in full regalia, and what these colors signify.
They are as follows:
Colored patches will be worn on the beret behind the Fourth Degree emblem as follows:

  • Dark Blue Supreme Master
  • Light Blue Vice Supreme Masters
  • Gold District Masters
  • White Faithful Navigators
  • Green District Marshals
  • Purple Color Corp Commanders

Those not holding office (who formerly wore red capes) will wear berets with no patch.

Once a Sir Knight attains an office, he is entitled to wear the colors of
that office until elected or appointed to a higher office, except for the
Marshal [appointed by the Master of District] and the Color Corps
Commanders [appointed by the Faithful Navigator] who are appointed
for a specific term and then revert to their previous colors when that
term expires.