Founded almost 100 years ago 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 1600 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.
Our namesake, known as both the Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger to the Gods, has been kind to us, as the Krewe has never cancelled our parade due to inclement weather.
Our signature throw is custom designed and hand decorated sunglasses because the sun always shines on Iris!