Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball 2017

 

I know this blog post is late like a big dawg, but so much has been going on that it’s getting really hard to keep this ole’ dinosaur afloat.  Bare with me y’all. I’m trying to come up with ways to keep this blog from biting the dust. We’ll discuss more of that later. I had to put out some pics of the Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball which was held in January.

Since so many nyx sisters and future nyx sisters come to the blog looking for pics of events, I had to put out some pics of the Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball which was held in January.

We had a new venue this year. The ball was held at the Convention Center and the last thing anyone can say is that they didn’t have room because…WE DID. It was beautifully decorated and spacious.  The Captain looked stunning as always and Goddess Nyx VI is the beautiful Zenia Williams.

I do miss the Hilton, but we’ve outgrown her. I’m looking forward to getting as acquainted with the new venue as I was with the old one.

After the 3 course dinner, we danced the night away. I had a wonderful time. I should have taken a picture of my shoes because I have officially given up on wearing heels to the ball. I walk around and dance entirely too much so I purchased a pair of blinged out sneakers to wear.  They felt like slippers! They were sooo comfy. I don’t  believe in suffering for the cause. My dress will by fly, but I won’t wear heels and dance for hours on end…nada.

Here are a few pics of the ball. I love going to the ball…it’s my favorite event.

 

 

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Captain Julie Lea

 

 

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Goddess Nyx VI Zenia Williams

 

 

 

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Captain,Goddess and Board of Directors

 

 

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Dancing the night away

 

 

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BayouCreole and friends

 

 

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Goddess going down the soul train line

 

 

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NavySeal and guest

 

 

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MOI!

 

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Mardi Gras-The Ride.

Whew, I made it through another one. I must really be getting old because I don’t have the carnival season stamina that I used to have.

Maybe I was just too tired with school, work, decorating purses and coconuts and everything else.

I had a fabulous season though and my ride this year was EPIC!

 I thought we had a large crowd last year (and we did), but this year it was HUUUGGEE!  I had the most fun ever!

Most people who ride in carnival krewes say that once you ride on a float, you never want to get back on the ground. I never felt that way. I love being on the ground as much as being up on the float. I love to flex my “bead-catching muscles” and see how many throws I can get my hands on. This year was the first time that I actually loved being on the float, more than I loved being on the ground.

Everything about that day was fabulous…from the pre-party to the end of the ride.  The weather was gorgeous! I think it was about 65 degrees when we hit the street. And the crowd was out in full force.

I really am proud that the krewe is doing so well.

Looking forward to many more years of riding with such a great group of women.

February 7,2018… we get to do it again!

 

CHECKING IN!

CHECKING IN!

It's a long day, so we eat before we head out. I really like this set up.

It’s a long day, so we eat before we head out. I really liked this set up.

Inside of the pre-party 2,900 women!

Inside the pre-party 2,900 women!

pre-party fun time.

pre-party fun time.

The lady who runs the entire ship, our Captain Julie Lea and a few Nyx Sisters.

The lady who runs the entire ship… our Captain Julie Lea and a few Nyx Sisters.

 

Nyx Goddess VI and a Nyx Sister

Nyx Goddess VI (Zenia Williams) and a Nyx Sister

 

Goddess VI, The Grand Marshall and Captain are the judges of the headdress competition

Goddess VI, The Grand Marshall and Captain are the judges of the headdress competition

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After the pre-party, we were taken to the staging area. Here we are on the floats, getting throws ready for the crowd.

A float full of Nyxsters ready to roll.

A float full of Nyxsters ready to roll.

The crowd was amazing!

The crowd was amazing! They really showed us so much love…I love my city!

Seeing the kids like this makes it all worthwhile

Seeing the kids like this makes it all worthwhile.

Hail Nyx!

  • Pardon the errors…I need new glasses..darnit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Me and SOME of my throws!

Yes, I am a bad BayouCreole. This is so unlike me. Mardi Gras is in full swing and I have not blogged a thing. I have so much going on right now it’s crazy, but I will be back soon with a full recap on my season with Nyx (Nyx turns Syx) and other happenings.

 

I just wanna say that my ride was epic.  Last year was so fantastic, I didn’t think it could get any better…but apparently it could because last night was over the moon!

Perfect weather, perfect crowd, and perfect krewe. It.Was.Amazing. I have to shout out the Captain of the krewe, Julie Lea. It was her vision to bring about another all-female krewe to ride at night. We are 2,900 women strong.She’s the one who keeps it all together…and she does one helluva job. Well done Julie…very well indeed.

I don’t usually go to the parades on Friday so, I’ll put a post up then about the ride and the work my way back to the ball.

I am one tired duck, but I wouldn’t trade if for anything.

Happy Mardi Gras y’all!

 

The Scoop and the Skinny…A Day of Nyxcitement.

I had thee best time Wednesday! Sit down a spell and I’ll tell you all about my pretty darned awesome experience riding with the Mystic Krewe of Nyx.

me in all my nyx splendor!!

me in all my nyx splendor!!

My riding experience actually began Tuesday with float loading. All of the floats are pulled out of the barn and brought to a place undisclosed to the public. We’re given a 3 hour window to load and/or check our throws. You could feel the excitement around the floats as the sisters were busy getting their throws ready for the big night.  The men were just as awesome as ever….checking to see if anyone needed help carrying throws or putting bike hooks up (we use them to hold throws). We just needed the rain to hold up.

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float loading

float loading time!

float loading time!

some of my nyx sisters getting ready to ride.

some of my nyx sisters getting their float together.

Navy Seal getting my area  hooked up for me!

Navy Seal getting my area hooked up for me!

My nyx sister on the float we'll be riding.

nyx sister on our float.

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The weather wasn’t looking all that great for us. It rained Tuesday and light showers were expected around our time to roll.

But remember, I said it wouldn’t rain on Nyx the year I rode with them.

And the rain held up!

Wednesday morning  began with a light breakfast at home. I had some last-minute float things to do which took some time so I stayed pretty close to  home until it was time to leave.  Around 10:30 a.m. I dressed in full gear and headed out to the float loading area once again to drop off my decorated purses.

The pre-party began at noon. I arrived around that time and checked  in to enter the hall. Security is very tight at the pre-party and you have to show identification to enter. Once checked in, I received my wristband and I was good to go! The pre-party was off the chain! It was held at Generations Hall … they did a wonderful job. The staff was excellent and there was more than enough food and spirits to keep over 1200 women happy!

Mardi Gras  music filled the hall as the ladies  talked, laughed and enjoyed  being around other nyx sisters.

Our totally amazing Captain and Nyx Sisters.

Our totally amazing Captain and Nyx Sisters.

pre-party fun!

pre-party fun!

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me and my nyx sisters

me and my nyx sisters

A Seas of Sisters

A  Sea of Sisters!

After a while, we could hear the sound of brass in the building. Well, with a brass band in the house, only one thing was  going to happen…

time to second line!

Did you notice all the different color wigs and headdresses? That’s because every year, there is a headdress competition. Each float comes up with an idea that’s related to the theme of their float and create headdresses to wear. There were some pretty spectacular  headdresses…there’s a lot of creativity in the krewe.

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representing my float, CHICKEN CORDON BLEU!  YEAH BABY!!!

representing my float,
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU!
YEAH BABY!!!

The pre-party was about 4 hours long. I enjoyed every last-minute of it. It was wonderful being around so many happy women who were eager to spread that happiness on to the City of New Orleans.  Shortly after the headdress competition, we were called to board the floats. Each float had a designated sister  holding a sign and we followed that person to the float.

That’s when it really hit me!

The waiting patiently to  receive  an invitation to join,  all the hard work and  dedication it takes to create purses..its all been for this moment,

TIME TO RIDE!

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making our way to the floats!

making our way to the floats!

My float mate showing us the way!

My float mate showing us the way!

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Float 16 rocked the night!

A few of float 16 riders with our driver.

Once boarded up  and ready to go, we were escorted by the New Orleans Police Department to the staging area. During this time riders began organizing more of their throws or  just took a minute to take it all in.

I took it all in.

Here’s a short clip I created of the ride and how the floats move to the staging area.

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floats at staging area

This is where the bands and dancing troupes  are waiting to “fall in line” with the floats.

Once we reached the staging area and the band  scheduled to march in front of us fell in line,

IT WAS ON!

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nyx coming down the street.

nyx coming down the street.

Here’s  a clip of the parade coming down the street

We began to throw like crazy to the crowd!  You go through sensory overload with so many people screaming for throws for 5 miles, but I enjoyed every single second of it.

The joy that you see when you give someone a throw is priceless. I particularly loved giving decorated purses to those who did not think they would get one from me.

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The crowd was very gracious!

Posters for purses were everywhere! It was spectacular!

A sinus attack kicked in on me around Lee Circle and by the time I made it to the end of the route, I was toast.

I’d do it all in a heartbeat though…sinus attack and all.

It was just that fabulous!

Thanks to all my wonderful friends,family and readers who came out in the cold to support me and the krewe.  It means so much to me that you were there for my inaugural ride.

The city showed the Krewe of Nyx so much love that night.

I’m  looking forward to many years of riding

with this wonderful krewe,

in this fabulous city.

photo courtsey of Streetcar PR.

photo courtsey of Streetcar PR.

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The Lucky 30 and Her Friends

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!   Hail Nyx! We’re rolling tonight at 7!

I’m excited,tired,sad and happy all at the same time. Happy I’m riding, sad that I have to now part with my babies.

What babies you ask?

Why the decorated purses I’ve created throughout the year. It’s our signature throw and if you catch one, you indeed have a prized possession. The purses take many “people hours” to create and a lot of love and attention go into making them. Most of my purses were purchased from thrift stores. I’d often find the most torn and tattered ones and give them new life. We’re only allowed to bring 30 on the float, but we can create more than 30 and give them out to family and friends.

It’s been rainy and it’s supposed to be cold tonight. Hopefully, the rain will be finished by the time we roll…otherwise you all will see a soggy Bayou Creole on the webcam.

I’ll post about my day (which I’m sure will be one of the most amazing days of my life) sometime tomorrow…hopefully.

I gotta go…busy…busy…busy.

Here are some of my creations that I’ll  either throw tonight or have given to friends.  Some are simple, some are not. All have a part of me in them.

I hope you enjoy!

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And So It Begins!

The first big weekend of Mardi Gras is officially underway! I’m super hyped about it this year because,

I ride in 4 days!!

I’ve been really busy finalizing a lot of things for my inaugural ride. I do have my float position though!

Float 16, sidewalk side (that’s passenger side for non NOLA folks),bottom level, 5th person.

Make sure you get my attention so I can hook you up . My blog peeps are my most favorite folks, so I have something special for you all in addition to getting one of our beautifully hand decorated purses. It’s gonna be one awesome night. The ladies in the krewe are all excited about riding and plan to throw like crazy!

I’ll put a post up about my inaugural ride on Thursday (hopefully) with pictures. That way you all will have an idea of what goes on  inside of carnival krewes and what it’s like being on a float. I may even do a 60 sec video and post it. On Tuesday, I will post photos of all the decorated purse that I plan to throw and the ones that I made to go to some friends.

Hopefully, they’ll receive them before I post…lol

Now, on to other Mardi Gras info,

The first big weekend has already begun with the Krewes Oshun and Cleopatra rolling along the uptown route. I wasn’t able to attend. In fact, I’m going to miss being out there for all the parades this weekend. I plan to catch them on  various webcams.

The link for NOLA.com parade cam is here.  This webcam is located at St. Charles Ave. and Napoleon. This is near the beginning of the route and a good one if you are catching the parades near their scheduled time to roll.

If you go into the link now, you should see whatever is happening at the intersection of St. Charles and Napoleon.

*The Krewe of Nyx will be streamed on all webcams. NOLA.com’s webcam is on the sidewalk side so, if you want to try to catch  a view of ole’ Bayou Creole on the float, this is the webcam to watch. If I don’t get too caught up in the moment, I’m going  to wave at the camera!

WWLTV will also stream live. Their camera is located at Gallier Hall. You can find the link here. It will take a while for the parade to get to Gallier Hall. I think Gallier Hall is a little more than half of the parade route.

Here’s the 2014 Mardi Gras Schedule,

February 22 2014

Uptown
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m.
Choctaw 2:00 p.m.
Freret 2:30 p.m.
Sparta 6:00 p.m.
Pygmalion 6:45 p.m.
 
February 23 2014
Uptown
Carrollton Noon
Alla 1:00 p.m.
King Arthur 1:00 p.m.
French Quarter
Barkus 2:00 p.m.
February 26 2014
Uptown
Druids 6:30 p.m.
Nyx 7:00 p.m.
February 27 2014
Uptown
Babylon 5:30 p.m.
Chaos 6:15 p.m.
Muses 6:30 p.m.
February 28 2014
Uptown
Hermes 6:00 p.m.
D’Etat 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus 7:00 p.m.
March 1 2014
Uptown
Iris 11:00 a.m.
Tucks Noon
Endymion 4:15 p.m.
French Quarter
Lafcadio 2:00 p.m.
March 2 2014
Uptown
Okeanos 11:00 a.m.
Mid-City 11:45 a.m.
Thoth Noon
Bacchus 5:15 p.m.
March 3 2014
Uptown
Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.
March 4 2014
Uptown
Zulu 8:00 a.m.
Rex 10:00 a.m.
Elks Orleans Follows Rex
Crescent City Follows Elks Orleans
For all of my Purple Knights, St. Aug will be marching in the following parades,
 
Pontchartrain,Alla,NYX,Muses,Hermes,Endymion,Mid City,Bacchus,Orpheus and Zulu.
*They were also in Cleopatra but that parade has already rolled.
 
Here’s a clip of Aug in Cleopatra under the bridge.
 
 
 
I’m on a bandhead forum with all the band directors and they have their bands ready to bring the heat this year!
It’s gonna be an amazing season. We just need the weather to coöperate. I said that  it wouldn’t rain the year I got to ride with Nyx and none is expected so far.
 
I  just hope it stays that way.
 
 
That’s all I have for now. I’ll be posting video clips of parades as I go to them. I won’t be going out on Mardi Gras day though. We’ve decided to stay home this year. If the weather’s really nice, I’ll go out and see the Indians, but I plan to catch everything on the television and hibernate on the couch this year.
 
Let the good times roll!
 
I’m ready to get it in!
 
Have a great weekend y’all!
 

 

     

Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball 2014

The Third Annual Krewe of Nyx Masquerade Ball was held Saturday at the Hilton Rivergate in the grand ballroom.

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It was spectacular!

Last year,I attended as a sister-in-waiting.

This year I attended as a full-fledged member!

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Whoo-Hoo!

It’s a formal affair with tux, full-length gown and masks required.

To keep the blog post short, I’m going to let the pictures tell most of the story.

The event began at 7 pm. Navy Seal and I got there around 6:45 because I knew they’d have a lot of people checking in to enter the ballroom.

And man, did they ever!  The krewe is now 1, 224 women strong and they were ready to party!

Waiting to check in.

Waiting to check in.

Lovely centerpieces adorned each table

Lovely centerpieces adorned each table

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Grand ballroom

Grand ballroom

Navy Seal and I enjoying the company of a friend.

Navy Seal and I enjoying the company of a friend.

Nyx Captain, Julie Lea; Nyx Goddess III Heather Nichols and Board of Directors

Nyx Captain, Julie Lea; Nyx Goddess III Heather Nichols and Board of Directors

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Warren Easton Marching Band

Warren Easton Marching Band

The Sirens performed for us again! They are always so wonderful to see!

The Sirens performed for us again! They are always so wonderful to see!

NOLA Nyxettes made their debut and will be dancing in the parade.

NOLA Nyxettes made their debut and will be dancing in the parade.

A historical moment. The meeting of the courts between the Krewe of Nyx and Zulu for the first time.

A historical moment. The meeting of the courts between the Krewe of Nyx and Zulu for the first time.

Captain Jullie Lea, Nyx Goddess Heather Nichols, Queen Zulu Georgette Mims and King Zulu Garren Mims Sr.

Captain Jullie Lea, Nyx Goddess Heather Nichols, Queen Zulu Georgette Mims and King Zulu Garren Mims Sr.

The Zulu Warriors entered the ballroom after the meeting of the courts and brought the house down!

The Zulu Warriors entered the ballroom after the meeting of the courts and brought the house down!

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Zulu Warriors

2nd lining with Zulu

2nd lining with Zulu

Dinner

Dinner

Dessert

Dessert

At 1 a.m. there was a breakfast buffet

At 1 a.m. there was a breakfast buffet

After dinner, it was on and popping! Time to hit the dance floor and party!

After dinner, it was on and popping! Time to hit the dance floor and party!

Ole' BayouCreole and Navy Seal on the dance floor!

Ole’ BayouCreole and Navy Seal on the dance floor!

Joy was the emotion of the night!

Joy was the emotion of the night!

Nyx Sisters know how to party!

Nyx Sisters know how to party!

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These beautiful ladies are my float mates. I just love them to pieces!

These beautiful ladies are my float mates. I just love them to pieces!PicsArt_1391427516481

A night filled with fun family and friends.

A night filled with fun, family and friends.

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Zulu Warrior with Nyx Sisters

Zulu Warrior with Nyx Sisters

It was truly an amazing night!!

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