Nyx Ride 2018

Yeah, I’m a month late and a dollar short, but I’m still here so…let me tell ya all about it!

It was cold. It was wet. It was windy.

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A cold,wet BayouCreole at the lineup waiting to roll.

And I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Even with the inclement weather, I still had a great time. I don’t know how the Captain does it, but the krewe just keeps getting better and better.

The pre-party was off the chain!  Over three thousand women filled the room.

For those who don’t already know, on the day of the ride, all of us meet for a pre-party before we roll on the streets of New Orleans. I love the pre-party because it’s something just for us before we roll and unleash all of our throws onto the city. We get to hang out with sisters we haven’t seen in a while. Some riders live out-of-state, some out of the country and it’s always wonderful being able to spend time with them and the rest of the sisters. Here are a few pics taken at the pre-party,

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Hanging out with some sisters who live out of state…love these ladies!

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Julie and our Grand Marshall, Amanda Shaw

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The Captain,Board of Directors,Grand Marshall (Amanda Shaw),and Goddess Nyx VII (Karen Greig)

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Our 3 leagues below sea level headpiece. We didn’t win the competition, but she is a beauty! That “Katrina door” is everything!

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Me and 3 thousand of my sisters!

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Me and Float 17 Mystic Sisters Rule! I love being their float lieutenant!

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I love this picture so much! We look like a bunch of happy kids!

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My fabulous float riders!

After the pre-party, we hit the streets and threw til it hurt! Man, I gotta tell ya…that cold/wet/windy combo wasn’t nothing nice! It’s all a part of parading though…some rides will have great weather, some not so great.

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Getting ready to pull out of the lot

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Title Float

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Nyx Captain, Julie Lea…getting soaked and still looking gorgeous!

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Riders trying to stay dry and warm before we pull off.

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Float 17 in da house! Even in the cold and rain, these ladies were happy to be out there…how awesome it that?!

I wish I’d taken a picture of the crowd that was out there in the rain supporting us because they were the real MVP’s of the evening. At one point, the rain began to come down pretty hard…I was expecting people to pack up and leave. They did not budge…I was floored. I couldn’t throw to them fast enough.  Anything they asked for (expect for purses because I didn’t have anymore) I gave it to them. They more than deserved it.

Shout out to anyone who was out there in that weather with us! You are the real deal!

The krewe is still  young (7 years old) and has already topped 3,000 women riders. I’ve been a member for 5 years and this was my first year as a lieutenant. People kept asking me how I liked being in that position. My response was always, “it’s like breathing” because it feels so natural. When you have a passion for something, it doesn’t feel like work.I have no plans to ever leave the krewe. When I’m so old that I can’t climb on the float anymore, then I’ll stop riding.

Nyx has made history in a lot of ways,but what really impresses me the most is the inclusivity. The fact that so many women of color ride in the krewe (and are float lieutenants) speaks volumes. And that inclusivity is visible from the streets. That means a lot when you are a child out there trying to catch throws. I’m not going to even talk about my childhood…when my own kids were young, they didn’t see anyone that looked like them on the floats (and if they had blacks in the krewe, they were few and far between) and my kids are in their 20’s.  It’s nice to be in a krewe where diversity is seen.

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If you’ve never experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans before and plan on coming one day, make your reservations so you can catch us! You will not be disappointed! We throw like crazy! See the picture below for evidence…lol.

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Future Nyx Sister

I’m looking forward to riding in 2019.  We ride on Feb.27th…now, I just checked the weather for that day and this year it was clear skies and 72 frigging degrees at night! Imma need the weather gawds to do a repeat for next year.

Until then…

HAIL NYX!

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Me and the woman who makes it all happen…our Captain, Julie Lea

 

 

 

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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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Ballroom

 

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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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Nyx Sisters

 

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Heaven

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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!

 

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!