Krewe of Nyx - Feb. 3

Krewe of Nyx

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Krewe of Nyx rolls on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 6:45 p.m. in Uptown New Orleans, following Druids.

The parade starts at the intersection of Magazine St. and Jefferson Ave. It travels to Napoleon Ave. and makes a left. It heads to St. Charles Ave. and makes a turn towards downtown New Orleans.

The krewe makes its way down St. Charles Ave. to Canal St. There, it will turn right and proceed to South Peters St. It makes a right and ends on Poydras Ave.

After Mardi Gras 2011, Founder and Captain Julie Lea had an idea to start her own all female Mardi Gras Krewe.  She contacted several friends to ask if they were interested in pursuing this crazy idea and they said yes. Knowing the City of New Orleans hadn't had a new Mardi Gras Krewe in over decade, the ladies knew they were in for an uphill battle.  The vision was to parade for the 2012 season.

Over several months of hard work and dedication, the Krewe started holding events and had a growing membership.The momentum behind the Krewe was building, however time was running out as the City of New Orleans still had not approved their parade permit request as of October 1, 2012.  But the women did not give up believing the political red tape could be worked through for the betterment of the City of New Orleans and for Mardi Gras.

At the perseverance of Captain Lea and the Board of Directors, an unprecedented vote occurred within the New Orleans City Council just in the nick of time.

On October 20, 2011, the New Orleans City Council  voted 7-0 in favor of putting forth a motion for the all-female Krewe of Nyx to  Parade to roll in 2012.  One of the 'motions or resolutions not on the agenda', Resolution R11-498, was presented by Council members 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.'

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. With 6 yays and no nays, the unanimous vote by the six Council members present made November 3, 2011 a historic day for parading in the City of New Orleans and for the group of women who believed in a dream.

Captain Lea addressed the Council stating  "We have worked really hard in a short amount of time to put on a beautiful parade for the city." Lea discussed Nyx's retainer of a float builder and costume designer and stated that the krewe had been in contact with bands to march.  "We have been holding events and trying to boost the local economy and spending money within the city," added Lea. "It is very important for us to do that."  Co-Captain Sandy Simpson, who also addressed the Council, stated  "It's been over a decade since a new Mardi Gras krewe has been issued a parade permit," she noted. "We are honored to have been considered for one in the year of 2012. Our board and our members are committed and determined to put on a wonderful parade for our citizens and our visitors."

Within three months of the City Council's approval,  the  Mystic Krewe of Nyx proudly paraded on the streets of New Orleans for the first time on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 with 534 riders.

On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, the Krewe paraded with 921 riders.  On Wednesday, February 25, 2014, the Krewe paraded with 1222 riders.

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.

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