Mystic Krewe of Nyx

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Mystic Krewe of Nyx
Motto "Friends come and go, but a sister is forever."
Type Parade Krewe
Purpose To encourage, foster, promote, and cultivate a spirit of sisterhood among the members of the Krewe. To sponsor, conduct, direct, and administer plans, programs and activities relating directly and indirectly to the Mardi Gras season, including but not limited to: parades, balls, festivities, ceremonies, and events in the City of New Orleans.
Region
New Orleans
Leader Julie Lea
Website www.kreweofnyx.org

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is an all-female Carnival Krewe organization, based in New Orleans, which was organized and founded by Julie Lea in 2011. The Nyx's first pageant, "NOLA Reality Reigns," was featured on the St. Charles Avenue Parade Route on February 15, 2012. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is named after the Greek goddess of the night, Nyx (/ˈnɪks/).

History[edit]

After Mardi Gras in 2011, Founder and Captain Julie Lea had an idea to start her own all-female Mardi Gras Krewe. She wanted the Krewe to parade for the 2012 season. The new Krewe had momentum, but they were running out of time as the City of New Orleans still had not approved their parade permit request as of October 1, 2011. However, a vote took place within the New Orleans City Council just in time.

On October 20, 2011, the New Orleans City Council voted 7-0 in favor of putting forth a motion (M-11-495 #78) for the all-female Krewe of Nyx to Parade in 2012.[1] One of the 'motions or resolutions not on the agenda', Resolution R11-498, was presented by Councilmembers Cynthia Hedge-Morrell, Eric Granderson, and Kristen Gisleson Palmer 'supporting the application of the Krewe of Nyx to roll in the 2012 Mardi Gras season and intending to add them to the parade schedule.'[2]

On November 3, 2011, the New Orleans City Council unanimously voted to allow the Mystic Krewe of Nyx to parade in New Orleans in 2012. (#41-CAL. No. 28,734).[3] This was the first new Mardi Gras Krewe created in over a decade.

In less than three months upon receiving the City Council's approval, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx paraded on the streets of New Orleans for the first time on February 15, 2012, with 534 riders.

Goddess Nyx[edit]

  • 2012 Goddess Nyx I : Ms. Gigi Saak - Grand Marshal: Mrs. Karen Swensen - Parade Theme: "NOLA Reality Reigns"
  • 2013 Goddess Nyx II : Ms. Lauren Thom - Grand Marshal: Mrs. Laura Buchtel - Parade Theme: "What a Girl Wants"
  • 2014 Goddess Nyx III: Ms. Heather Hanlon Nichols - Grand Marshal: Mrs. Susan Spicer - Parade Theme: "Cookin' with the Krewe"
  • 2015 Goddess Nyx IV: Mrs. Jenna Frazier - Grand Marshal: The Dixie Cups - Parade Theme: "Nyx Celebrates The King"
  • 2016 Goddess Nyx V: Mrs. Lori Seuzeneau - Grand Marshal: Mrs. Paggy Lee - Parade Theme: "Nyx Turns 5"
  • 2017 Goddess Nyx VI: Mrs. Zenia Williams - Grand Marshall: Mrs Irma Thomas - Parade Theme: "Dancing The Night Away"
  • 2018 Goddess Nyx VII: Mrs Karen Boudrie Greig - Grand Marshall: Amanda Shaw - Parade Theme: "NOLA's Triple Crown"

Membership[edit]

  • Signature Throw: Hand decorated purses
  • Krewe Colors: Pink & black
  • Mission: The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is established to unite women of diverse backgrounds for fun, friendship, and the joy of the Mardi Gras season.

Parade[edit]

The Krewe of Nyx parades on the Wednesday night before Fat Tuesday on the traditional Uptown New Orleans parade route down St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street. They parade immediately following the Ancient Druids parade. They start on Jefferson Ave. and Magazine St. and end on Tchoupitoulas and Poydras Street. The Krewe of Nyx floats are designed and provided by PFJ Float Designers. On February 3, 2016 Nyx celebrated its 5th anniversary, and debuted its first signature float, a pink Nyx purse float.

Parade dates[edit]

Within three months of the City Council's approval, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx paraded on the streets of New Orleans for the first time.

  • On Wednesday, February 15, 2012, the Krewe paraded with 534 riders.
  • On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the Krewe paraded with 921 riders.
  • On Wednesday, February 25, 2014, the Krewe paraded with 1,222 riders.
  • On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, the Krewe paraded with 1,511 riders.
  • On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the Krewe paraded with 2,232 riders, achieving 'Super Krewe' status.[4]
  • On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Krewe paraded with 2,951 riders as a Super Krewe
  • On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, The Krewe paraded with 3,348 riders being the Biggest of the BIG in Parade Ridership .

Notable dates[edit]

  • On November 3, 2011, the New Orleans City Council voted to allow the all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx to parade in New Orleans in 2012.[3]
  • On January 6, 2015, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx was presented with a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council, led by Council member at Large Jason Williams, acknowledging the Krewe as the largest all-female parading Krewe in Mardi Gras history.[5]
  • In September 2015 with over 2,200 members, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx becomes the first all-female Super Krewe[6] for Mardi Gras 2015.
  • On January 6, 2015, the Mystic Krewe of Nyx was presented with a proclamation from the New Orleans City Council, acknowledging the Krewe as the largest all female parading Krewe in Mardi Gras history.[7]
  • In January 2016, Nyx teamed up with Haydel's Bakery.[8] Each King Cake from Haydel's Bakery included a Nyx pink porcelain purse to commemorate Nyx's 5th anniversary and their new status as the first all-female Super Krewe in New Orleans.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regular City Council Meeting - Oct 20th, 2011". Cityofno.granicus.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  2. ^ "Krewe of Nyx - History". Kreweofnyx.org. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  3. ^ a b "Regular City Council Meeting - Nov 3rd, 2011". Cityofno.granicus.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  4. ^ "Nyx claims the title of first all-female super krewe for Mardi Gras 2016". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2016-12-28.
  5. ^ "New Orleans City Council". Nolacitycouncil.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. ^ Macash, Doug (September 14, 2015). "Nyx claims the title of first all-female super krewe for Mardi Gras 2016". Nola.com. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Krewe of Nyx - History". Kreweofnyx.org. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  8. ^ Sanchez, Juan (2016-01-06). "After reaching super krewe status, mini Nyx purses to be featured on Haydel's king cakes". WDSU. Retrieved 2016-11-02.
  9. ^ "Clutch Cakes | NOLA DEFENDER". Noladefender.com. Retrieved 2016-07-08.

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