The Krewe of Iris starts on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in Uptown New Orleans.
The parade starts at the intersection of South Claiborne Ave. and Napoleon Ave. It travels on Napoleon Ave. towards St. Charles Ave. It makes a turn onto St. Charles and heads towards downtown New Orleans.
Once it reaches St. Charles Ave., the parade makes a right and heads all the way past Lee Circle to Canal St.
The krewe makes a U-turn at Burgundy St., heads back down Canal St., and then makes a right on Tchoupitoulas St., ending at Poydras St.
Founded in 1917, the Krewe of Iris is the oldest all-female Carnival Krewe in New Orleans. Parading on the Saturday before Mardi Gras day, it maintains a global membership of over 1500 active riders.
First parading in 1959, the Krewe is known for honoring and following traditional Carnival anonymity customs. The riders on our 36 floats always don hand painted masks and traditional white gloves.
Named for the Goddess of the Rainbow, Messenger to the Gods, who has been kind to us, the Krewe has never cancelled a parade due to inclement weather.
Our signature throw is hand decorated and designed sunglasses because the sun always shines on Iris!
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