The oldest all-female krewe, Krewe of Iris was founded in 1917 and began parading in 1959. The bold and beautiful floats this year were inspired by the different parade themes across the krewes’ history. The court wore gorgeous sequined costumes with giant collars depicting cultural iconography. The queen was resplendent in a traditional beaded gown, jeweled crown and mask and regal lace collar. Sunglasses are a favorite throw with the hand-decoareted ones being the most coveted.
At some point, a float broke down and held up the parade for quite some time. Kids played in the street, parents organized beads and toys, people snacked and the riders of one of the floats got down and joined the Amelia Earhawts for some dancing in the streets. Then people in the crowd formed their own dance parties. Then things got rolling again and the throws flowed.
Other dance troupes were NOLA Nyxettes and NOLA Cherry Bombs. Krewe des Fleurs, Krewe of the Rolling Elvi and Fat City Drum Corps also provided entertainment. School bands included Mount Carmel Academy, Hunters Lane High School, Moss Point High School, Laurel High School, Alfred Bonnabel Magnet Academy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Charter, Gentry High School, Gentilly Terrace, ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary, Yazoo City Marching Band, McDonogh 28, Lafayette Academy Charter School and W.J. Fischer Accelerated Academy.
Next up – Krewe of Tucks!