The History Of Female Mardi Gras Krewes

Dated: 02/07/2018

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Although it is hard to imagine Mardi Gras without those fascinating all-female krewes, this was not always the situation. Women had always played a big role in Mardi Gras, but they were only behind the scenes at first.

The first female krewe to organize was the Krewe of Iris in 1922. Although this krewe did not parade until 1959, it was the first female krewe to have its tableau ball televised. It wasn’t until 1941 that the first female parade rolled with the Venus Parade when it was reported that parade watchers were so surprised to see women riding that some people actually threw rotten vegetables at the riders. Mardi Gras was temporarily disbanded during World War II, but when it returned, the Venus Parade was back again. From then on, Iris and Venus were joined by several all women krewes, such as Helios, Diana, Cleopatra, Isis, and Eve in Mandeville.

Then in 2000, a new organization, the Krewe of Muses was formed with an open membership policy, and when so many women could not get in because the krewe had grown so large, the Krewe of Nyx was formed to accommodate the excess.numbers. Iris and Venus led the way for many female krewes. We look forward to many others to come in the future. To read the complete articles or to learn more about this subject, please see the following 2 links: and

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