Krewe of Muses

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Krewe of Muses
Krewe of Muses Logo.gif
MottoHappy are they whom the Muses love
Formation2001; 18 years ago (2001)
FounderStaci Rosenberg
TypeAll Female Carnival Krewe
Location
  • Uptown, New Orleans, LA.
Membership
1100 (875 riders)
Websitewww.kreweofmuses.org

The Krewe of Muses is an all-female super krewe and social organization.

History and formation[edit]

The Muses were founded in 2000 by Staci Rosenberg and first paraded during Mardi Gras in 2001. Since then the krewe has grown to include approximately 1100 members.[1] The krewe's parade is held on the Thursday evening before Mardi Gras, and features 25 floats designed by Kern Studios.

Parade[edit]

Krewe of Muses parade on Jeudi Gras, the Thursday night prior to Mardi Gras. The parade starts at Magazine Street and Jefferson street in Uptown New Orleans; proceeds east to Napoleon street where it follows Knights of Babylon and Knights of Chaos.

Parade themes[edit]

Krewe of Muses season parade theme is secret until Jeudi Gras. The theme is always satirical.

In 2006, to honor the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Muses had at the tail end of their parade an empty float which evoked the riderless horse that follows the caisson carrying the casket in a funeral procession.[2]

  • 2018 A Night at the Museum
  • 2017 Dr. Meuss on the Loose, Oh The Parade We'll Throw!
  • 2016 Muses Sweet Sixteen
  • 2015 Are You There God? It's Us, Muses!
  • 2014 Muses Ready To Wear You Out
  • 2013 Muses Makin' Groceries
  • 2012 Muses Go Shopping, Taking it to the Limit
  • 2011 Dancing with the Muses
  • 2010 The Muses Guide to Love and Romance
  • 2009 Muses 009: License to Swill
  • 2008 Muses Night Fever
  • 2007 The Adventures of Supermuse
  • 2006 Muses Got Game
  • 2005 Muse TV, We'll Turn You On
  • 2004 The Weekly World Muse, Enquiring Muses Want to Know
  • 2003 Museology—the Lesser Known Gods and Goddesses
  • 2002 Muses Reach the Terrible Twos
  • 2001 Muses First Time

Honorary Muses[edit]

Krewe of Muses select one woman to be Honorary Muse each parade season. Each year's Honorary Muse rides in the krewe's main float, a large fiber optic high heeled shoe.[3]

Iconic Floats[edit]

  • The Goddessey is the first float in the parade and carries the krewe captain and officers. Muses krewe member Susan Gisleson designed “The Goddessey.” Built by Kerns Studios, it features Greek mythology’s winged stallion, Pegasus; symbols for the nine muses in Greek mythology; and more than 100 peach-colored lanterns hanging from the Tree of Knowledge.
  • High Heel Shoe carries the Honorary Muse of the Parade
  • Mama Duck and Duckies
  • The Sirens is the final float in the parade.

Throws[edit]

Trinkets, collectables, masks, and beads tossed by hand from riders of the floats are called throws. Collectible throws from Muses include the Muses emblem beads, stuffed animals, signature beads, light-up medallion beads, custom print go-cups, rubber ducks. A plush Pegasus is thrown from the Goddessey.

Krewe of Muses is known for their hand decorated shoes, their signature throw.

Other activities[edit]

The Krewe of Muses has presented several award-winning displays.[5]

In addition to their parade and year-long philanthropic works, the Muses host a design contest for students in the area. The winner has his or her design turned into a throw cup.[5]

Depictions in media[edit]

  • The Sirens float appears in the music video for Arcade Fire's Electric Blue. Video on YouTube
  • The Krewe of Muses parade is featured in the opening sequence in HBO's Treme season 2, episode 7 "Carnival Time".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gilmore, Christilisa (2011). "Shoe Time!". NOLA Defender.
  2. ^ Best of New Orleans Music Feature. “Gambit Weekly: Captains Courageous! March 7, 2006”
  3. ^ Klein, Kenny (March 3, 2014). "Krewe Of Muses: Mardi Gras Parades Explained!". Huffington Post.
  4. ^ "Emmy Award Winner Patricia Clarkson Named Honorary Muse". wafb. January 23, 2019.
  5. ^ a b New Orleans Mardi Gras. “Mardi Gras Parade Schedule: Krewe of Muses Information Page ”
  6. ^ "Treme: "Carnival Time"". The A.V. Club. June 5, 2011.

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