Well, carnival season is officially over and it was absolutely fabulous! I’m going to break my Mardi Gras post into 2 parts because I have so much that I want to cover.
Part one is gonna be about the Krewe of Nyx’s fantastic fifth year. Yeah, the krewe has turned 5 already. It seems like yesterday I was on my lil blog crying away because my number was 1819 (that number will forever be in my head) on the waiting list.
And now I’ve been a sister for 3 years, was a sister-in waiting for 1 year,and I’ve attended all of the Nyx Myx Balls except the first. It’s been one helluva journey and I’m glad that I’ve been able to share it with y’all.
So grab some munchies and lets talk about what went down this year.
In five short years, the krewe has grown tremendously! The first year it rolled with a little over 500 members.
This year we rolled the streets of New Orleans with 2,232 members.
By the way, if you are trying to become a member, you better get over to this website really quick and fill out the Ladies of Interest form. It opened up a few days ago and women were flocking over there like crazy.http://www.kreweofnyx.org/page-1307124
Needless to say, the word is out about the krewe and women are wanting to join the sisterhood. I can’t say that I blame them. When I joined, I didn’t know a soul in it. Now, I have so many women that I call my friends and float mates…it’s pretty darned awesome.
The sisterhood is real y’all.
February 3rd, we took to the streets and for a while there we though that we may have some bad weather, but it was a beautiful night!
I managed to take a 2 minute clip of my ride. If you REALLY REALLY want to know what it’s like up there for me, take a peek. It was taken on the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles. This is where the parade turns onto the longest street of the parade. When you watch the clip, remember…the parade is 5 miles long! It’s total sensory overload..and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
Here’s the clip
It was truly an amazing night, my ride was epic…but I gotta back up and start with my favorite event of the season… the NYX MYX BALL!
YEAH! That’s my favorite event for sure!
Bayoucreole with Julie Lea (Captain of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx)
The Nyx Myx was held at the Hilton Riverside and once again, the krewe did not disappoint. Navy Seal and I decided to switch it up this year and stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. Yeah, I know we live in the city, but let me tell ya…that was THEE best decision ever! It was so convenient to be able to just go upstairs at the end of the ball. And when you’re
tipsy tired, who wants to have to worry about getting home and stuff?
And a staycation in New Orleans is always an awesome thing to do.
The Nyx Myx Ball is a ball that’s hard to beat. It starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 a.m., you get a 3 course dinner, an open bar the entire time…
OPEN BAR THE ENTIRE TIME…
and around midnight, they set up a breakfast buffet. The MoJeaux’s were the entertainment in the Grand Ballroom and the No Idea Band were the entertainment for the Grand Salon. Both bands were crazy good! I fluttered like a lil social butterfly between the 2 rooms and got my dance on for sure.
One of the reasons the ball is my favorite event is because the energy is off the richter scale. Everyone is so happy, it’s like a sea of joy for hours on end.
Our Captain(Julie Lea) looked absolutely stunning! Here’s a clip of her making her grand entrance.
The grand marshal for 2016 was Paggy Lee,the owner of Five Happiness Restaurant (If you want the best Chinese food in the city, this is where you should go.) Her entrance was spectaular! She had Lion Dancers with her and it was so cool to watch them perform.
Y’all already know that I believe a picture is worth a thousand words so, here we go…
Captain (Julie Lea)
Goddess V (Lori Seuzeneau)
Grand Marshal (Paggy Lee)
The dance floor stayed packed!
Navy Seal and our family.
My cousin…who should have been in the picture right above this one, but she was having wayyyy too much fun! She’s also my float lieutenant…love her!
My awesome friends. I’ve been knowing him since we were 15 years old. I met his beautiful wife through him and now, not only are we good friends, she’s a member of the krewe as well. Life is good.
Yep! The Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball was one for the record books!
We aren’t finished yet though…told ya grab some munchies.
About a month after the ball, the Krewe hit the streets of New Orleans with those 2,232 women and painted it pink and black.
A few days before we roll, the krewe holds distribution day. This is the day we get to pick up our costumes and other things. I think this is when it hits most of us that we’re actually getting ready to roll.
I took these pics after the mad rush of women had cleared out. Every float has a table and that’s where the ladies pick up their items.
After that, the next big event before we hit the streets is float loading.
Pallets of throws getting ready to be loaded onto the floats.
Float loading is usually the day before we roll. I gotta hand it to the krewe, they really made it convenient for us to load this year. Being able to check/load my throws during the daytime was…well, it was like night and day
Having extended hours to load was a great help too.
BayouCreole getting ready to check her throws.
View from top of float
Upper level of float. What do I see? SPACE! I’m so jealous.
The day of the ride, we have a pre-party. That’s where we all get together and have a wonderful time before we roll. This year the pre-party was held at the Convention Center.
I love being in my 50s! Random…yes, I know.
I was on the Cinco de Mayo float.
The pre-party is another favorite event of mine. I’ve enjoyed them all, but this year it was fanTABulous!
What made it fantabulous you say? Well, in addition to the food,drinks and having fun with my fellow nyx sisters,
we had a lot of room in that joint!
The Captain and her krewe.
Getting their groove on!
The Captain,Goddess V,Grand Marshal and the BOD
That’s right! All of us were in that one room with plenty tables for each float and we still had a bunch of space to walk around, dance and mingle.
Headdress competition. I’m in this picture, but you can’t see me because
I’m so damned short I’m behind my cousin.
The Human Jukebox!
Now, add Southern University’s Marching Band (The Human Jukebox) to the mix and yeah…we were pretty hyped and ready to hit the streets by the end of the pre-party.
About 4:30 p.m. we began heading out to get on the floats. Once everyone was on board, we were brought to the staging area. This is where we met up with all of the bands and marching units. As the float neared the start up area, the bands and marching units fell in line behind whichever float they were supposed to and then it was off to the races!
The city welcomed the first all-female super krewe with open arms! We felt so much love…it was really overwhelming. I expected a large crowd, but when we made the turn from Jefferson onto Magazine Street, the crowd was so thick. The first thing came to my mind was “oh shit, I don’t have enough throws for this!”
Corner of Jefferson and Magazine
St. Charles Ave.
Turning onto Canal St.
I had enough though. By the end of the ride I was too pooped to pop. I didn’t suffer with any body aches until the next day. Five miles of constant throwing can take a toll on your muscles. Next year, I’m scheduling a “post ride” massage to get this old body back in order.
Body aches are a small price to pay for such an experience. I’m already looking forward to 2017.
I’m not rushing it…just looking forward to it.
I still haven’t recouped from this carnival season.
I gotta give kudos to the women who make it all possible. I’m sure it’s not easy, but nothing great ever is.
Well done ladies…well done.
And because it has become tradition for me to put up a few of the signature purses that I create each year, I shall not disappoint.
Mad Hatter/Cheshire Cat
Mardi Gras Mambo
Mr. Owl Purse