Festigals Stiletto Stroll

The Festigals Stiletto Stroll was the first parade I ever did as a Pussyfooter. Our non-profit organization of 120 women over 30 was one of the many dance troupes and walking krewes that helped raise money for New Orleans Family Justice Center. Their mission is to “bring together community-based domestic violence and sexual assault providers as well as criminal justice and law enforcement professionals to provide wrap-around and comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and child abuse.”

This year’s parade began at Carl Mack’s  Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes & Culture. I’d attended their grand opening and enjoyed the elaborate displays and the “costume closet” where guests could try on extravagant headpieces and sparkly Mardi Gras suits. The paraders gathered in the museum and the street outside where the Disco Amigos practiced a few songs, entertaining us all. Most of the dance krewes parade together during Mardi Gras but that was months ago so everyone enjoyed reconnecting.

This was my 5th year dancing in the parade. It’s always hot and humid and it seems to get a later start time every year but I always look forward to the Stiletto Stroll. Not only does it mark my anniversary of becoming a proud Pussyfooter but the Festigals weekend gathers women for networking, education, fundraising and dang good time. It’s wonderful to be a part of their festivities and the sisterhood it promotes. I look forward to my 6th Stroll…

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