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Mandeville Mardi Gras Parades: Krewe of Eve

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Within the lively festivities of New Orleans Mardi Gras, a notable chapter unfolds in the form of women’s krewes, and at the forefront of this evolution is the dynamic Krewe of Eve. Originating in 1986, this all-women krewe has become a defining feature of the annual celebration, showcasing a commitment that extends beyond the glittering parades. As we delve into the vibrant traditions, community engagement, and unique contributions of the Krewe of Eve, we discover a captivating narrative that adds a distinctive hue to the canvas of Mardi Gras celebrations.

What is a Krewe?

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Central to New Orleans Mardi Gras are Carnival clubs, with their kings, queens, royal courts, and masquerade balls. At the heart of these local parading customs is the unique term “krewe.” Essentially, a krewe is a club or organization existing to celebrate Carnival.

Mardi Gras and the Evolution of Female Mardi Gras Krewes

Promotional flyer from 1941 showcasing the first Krewe of Venus parade

Originally, Carnival krewes were exclusive, catering only to affluent white businessmen. Women, relegated to passive roles like queens and maids, were forbidden from active participation in street parades. In 1896, daring local women challenged this status quo during leap year traditions and formed the first all-women krewe, Les Mystérieuses. They overturned conventional roles, placing the king on display beside the queen and requiring male guests to await invitations to dance. 

Les Mystérieuses, though short-lived, set the stage for the evolution of all-women krewes. In 1941, the Krewe of Venus made history by holding the first women’s krewe parade. Despite challenges, women’s krewes continued to reshape Carnival traditions. In 1949, the Krewe of Iris televised its ball, marking a milestone, and in 1959, it held its inaugural parade. In recent years, all-women krewes have multiplied, parading day and night throughout Carnival season.

Krewe of Eve: History, Tradition, and Community Spirit

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Founded in 1986 by six local residents, Krewe of Eve emerged from a party where local women were invited, and it started with an impressive 260 members. The inaugural parade in Mandeville on February 14, 1987, showcased the theme “Famous Lovers.” This family-friendly krewe has become a must-attend premiere parade on the Northshore. Boasting state-of-the-art professional floats, popular marching bands, dance groups, civic organizations, bountiful throws, and the Krewe of Eve Royal Court, the parade is a feast for the senses. The upcoming 38th annual parade, themed “Eve Makes THE Grade,” promises to be a celebration of excellence. Additionally, the Krewe of Eve hosts a Dinner Dance, scheduled for Saturday, January 27. 

Throws at the Krewe of Eve parade are a spectacle in themselves. Lighted items like maracas, frisbees, slap bracelets, yard dog glasses, boas, necklaces, and rings fill the air. Notable throws include Eve apple beads, emblemed items, individual float-themed beads, and special Captain lighted apple beads. A distinctive feature of the Krewe of Eve is members adorning sweat suits to create their vibrant costumes. 

Beyond the glittering parade, the Krewe of Eve actively engages in civic endeavors within the local community. Members actively participate in various community projects, embodying the spirit of giving. Through the Krewe of Eve, members contribute to the Greater Mandeville Police Foundation Gift Give-away and The Food Bank. They also play a role in keeping Mandeville beautiful through the “Litter with Glitter” initiative, participating in litter pick-up activities.

Exploring Beyond Mardi Gras Krewes with Pearl River Swamp Tours

In the vibrant tableau of New Orleans Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Eve stands as a dynamic force, tracing its roots back to 1986. This all-women krewe, born from a spirited gathering, has woven a compelling narrative that transcends glittering parades. From defying traditional roles in its early years to evolving into a Northshore favorite with state-of-the-art floats, vibrant throws, and a commitment to excellence, the Krewe of Eve embodies the spirit of Mardi Gras evolution. 

As you take part in the festive magic of Mardi Gras, consider extending your journey into the untouched wilderness of the Honey Island Swamp with Pearl River Swamp Tours. Just as the Krewe of Eve embraces history, tradition, and community spirit, let Pearl River Swamp Tours take you on an untamed adventure, exploring the wonders of nature in a way that echoes the essence of this iconic krewe. Spots fill quickly during this busy season, so book your tour today and get ready to make lasting memories!

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