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 The Krewe of Muses (Orleans Parish)
The Krewe of Muses
Krewe organized in 2000
 650+ female riders
 25 floats
25 marching bands
No royalty announced; theme announced on parade day.
Look for krewe-emblem medallion beads and cups, but the real collectibles are the high-heel bracelets and the street-tile beads the spell the krewe name.
Each year, in addition to their year-long philanthropic works, the Muses host a design contest for students in the area.  The winner rides as the guest of the krewe and his or her design is turned into a throw cup!
One of the newest and most fascinating krewes in Orleans Parish, the Muses take their name from the Greek spirits that inspired the gods and mortals alike:  Calliope (muse of epic deeds), Clio (muse of history), Erato (muse of lovers), Euterpe (muse of songs), Melpomene (muse of dark thoughts), Polyhymnia (muse of sacred music), Terpsichore (muse of dance), Thalia (muse of joy and beauty), and Urania (muse of the stars).  They are a strictly female krewe, and do not allow male riders.
Consequently, these are also the names of streets in New Orleans, though the pronunciations differ vastly from their Greek origins!
A benevolent krewe, the Muses set up a trust fund for the infant child of a woman who was killed while the krewe was parading in 2004 (the krewe itself had no involvement in the incident).
This krewe has Greek links This krewe shares a Greek theme with the krewes of Adonis, Aphrodite, Argus Atlas Endymion, Hermes Iris Jason Morpheus, Okeanos Orpheus Pegasus, Proteus Morpheus Pygmalion Rhea Sparta, and  Zeus.
This krewe shares a romantic link This krewe shares a theme of romantic gods with Aphrodite, Adonis, Endymion, Oshun, and Pygmalion.
This krewe allows children to ride or is committed to children's causes.This krewe shares a committment to children's causes with the krewes of Aladdin, Centurions, Choctaw, Grela, Jason, Little Rascals, Mid-CityShangri-La, Sparta, and Thoth.

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

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