Mardi Gras has come a long way – both literally and stylistically – since the first parade rolled through New Orleans in 1857. Now, we’ve got glitter on our king cakes, dancing men in windbreakers and all-girl krewes, the most celebrated of which is the Krewe of Muses.
When the grandest party in the world debuted in New Orleans, only men rode in parades, but krewes like Muses and Iris have ushered in a new era of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The sacred traditions still remain, but we’ve proudly added some new ones to the lineup. Our guest of honor on this episode of GoNOLA Radio is the Muses creative director, Virginia Saussy, here to talk about the who, what, when and why of Muses.
Hear stories of Muses parades past and the origins of the female Mardi Gras krewe, from how it was conceived to the significance of the name. Muses is one of the great satirical Mardi Gras parades, whose theme is always playful and delightfully shocking. As Virginia says, Muses “wants the kids to see a lot of fun and the adults to get the jokes.”
Virginia also explains how the iconic Muses shoe, one of the most coveted throws of Carnival, came to be and parade goers’ best shot at catching one.
Don’t miss Muses this year on Thursday, February 27 where there will be exciting new throws that can be used all year-round, a new Muses cup designed by a local New Orleans art student, a new honorary Muse and more!
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.