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 The Krewe of Iris (Orleans Parish)
The Krewe of Iris
Krewe organized in 1922
began parading in 1959
900 female riders
32 floats
18 marching bands
12 equestrian units
Contemporary-style parade
King and Queen
Look for krewe emblem cups, medallion beads, ceramic Iris beads and dolls, and doubloons.
The 1949 Iris tableau ball was the first of its kind to be broadcast on television.
The oldest of female krewes and the largest female parading organization in Carnival history, this krewe takes its name from the Greek goddess of rainbows and messenger to the gods.  Iris is known for presenting her court with great finery on a series of mini-floats, as well as her former queen and king who ride in convertible automobiles.
This krewe has Greek links This krewe shares a Greek theme with the krewes of Adonis, Aphrodite, Argus Atlas Endymion, Hermes, Jason Morpheus Muses, Okeanos Orpheus Pegasus, Proteus Morpheus Pygmalion Rhea, Sparta, and  Zeus.

Adonis Aladdin Alla Aphrodite
Aquila Arabi
Argus Atlas Babylon Bacchus Bards Caesar
Carrollton Centurions Chaos Choctaw Cleopatra d'Etat
Druids Endymion Excalibur Gladiators Grela Hermes
Iris Isis Jason King Arthur L'il Rascals Mercury
Mid-City Morpheus Muses Napoleon NOMTOC Okeanos
Orpheus Oshun Pegasus Pontchartrain Proteus Pygmalion
Rex Rhea Saturn Shangri-La Sparta Thor
Thoth Tucks du Vieux Zeus Zulu

Elks
Orleanians

Elks
Jeffersonians

Crescent
City

Krewe of
Jefferson



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