The Krewe of Iris was established in 1917 – making it the oldest all-female krewe. Hand-decorated sunglasses are the Krewe’s’ signature throw and I caught 4 pair! Iris has gorgeous feminine, vividly-colored floats. My favorite is still the woman’s face with long, flowing, strawberry blonde hair – purple irises nested in the locks.
Iris’ queen wears a traditional beaded gown, jeweled crown and mask, and a huge ostrich-feather-trimmed collar. The rest of the royal court also wears sequined gowns topped with giant, elaborately beaded collars depicting different themes.
The parade included dozens of bands, Krewe des Fleurs, the Krewe of the Rolling Elvi, Amelia Earhawts, Big Easy Rollergirls and the Nola Cherry Bombs.
Next up – the toilet-themed Krewe of Tucks parade.