Wednesday night, the final week of Carnival kicked off with the Krewe of Ancient Druids and Krewe of Nyx parades. Last year, we braved freezing rain but the skies were clear for this year’s festivities. Druids may have taken their ribbing of female parades too far with their Louisiana Purchase card (our version of food stamps) float displaying a sign reading, “Preferred Card of all Female Mardi Gras Krewes.” But the parade was fun, traditional and featured fun female dance troupes like Organ Grinders and Amelia Earhawts (who seem to be parading every day!).
Nyx may only be a few years old, but they’ve swelled the Wednesday night crowds significantly. Q93.3 rolled ahead of the parade and stopped in front of us to start a street dance-party. The floats were pretty and there were plenty of dance troupes including the Sirens, Muff-A-Lottas, 610 Stompers, Disco Amigos and the Pussyfooters! Dames de Perlage showed off their beaded corsets and the Try Athletes rode by on neon-lighted bikes with go-cups in hand.
The prized throw at Nyx is one of their hand-decorated signature purses (like the coveted Muses shoes) and I managed to get one from the last woman on the last float. Yay! For more on the history of theses Krewes, click HERE.