I had thee best time Wednesday! Sit down a spell and I’ll tell you all about my pretty darned awesome experience riding with the Mystic Krewe of Nyx.
My riding experience actually began Tuesday with float loading. All of the floats are pulled out of the barn and brought to a place undisclosed to the public. We’re given a 3 hour window to load and/or check our throws. You could feel the excitement around the floats as the sisters were busy getting their throws ready for the big night. The men were just as awesome as ever….checking to see if anyone needed help carrying throws or putting bike hooks up (we use them to hold throws). We just needed the rain to hold up.
The weather wasn’t looking all that great for us. It rained Tuesday and light showers were expected around our time to roll.
But remember, I said it wouldn’t rain on Nyx the year I rode with them.
And the rain held up!
Wednesday morning began with a light breakfast at home. I had some last-minute float things to do which took some time so I stayed pretty close to home until it was time to leave. Around 10:30 a.m. I dressed in full gear and headed out to the float loading area once again to drop off my decorated purses.
The pre-party began at noon. I arrived around that time and checked in to enter the hall. Security is very tight at the pre-party and you have to show identification to enter. Once checked in, I received my wristband and I was good to go! The pre-party was off the chain! It was held at Generations Hall … they did a wonderful job. The staff was excellent and there was more than enough food and spirits to keep over 1200 women happy!
Mardi Gras music filled the hall as the ladies talked, laughed and enjoyed being around other nyx sisters.
After a while, we could hear the sound of brass in the building. Well, with a brass band in the house, only one thing was going to happen…
time to second line!
Did you notice all the different color wigs and headdresses? That’s because every year, there is a headdress competition. Each float comes up with an idea that’s related to the theme of their float and create headdresses to wear. There were some pretty spectacular headdresses…there’s a lot of creativity in the krewe.
The pre-party was about 4 hours long. I enjoyed every last-minute of it. It was wonderful being around so many happy women who were eager to spread that happiness on to the City of New Orleans. Shortly after the headdress competition, we were called to board the floats. Each float had a designated sister holding a sign and we followed that person to the float.
That’s when it really hit me!
The waiting patiently to receive an invitation to join, all the hard work and dedication it takes to create purses..its all been for this moment,
TIME TO RIDE!
Once boarded up and ready to go, we were escorted by the New Orleans Police Department to the staging area. During this time riders began organizing more of their throws or just took a minute to take it all in.
I took it all in.
Here’s a short clip I created of the ride and how the floats move to the staging area.
This is where the bands and dancing troupes are waiting to “fall in line” with the floats.
Once we reached the staging area and the band scheduled to march in front of us fell in line,
IT WAS ON!
Here’s a clip of the parade coming down the street
We began to throw like crazy to the crowd! You go through sensory overload with so many people screaming for throws for 5 miles, but I enjoyed every single second of it.
The joy that you see when you give someone a throw is priceless. I particularly loved giving decorated purses to those who did not think they would get one from me.
The crowd was very gracious!
Posters for purses were everywhere! It was spectacular!
A sinus attack kicked in on me around Lee Circle and by the time I made it to the end of the route, I was toast.
I’d do it all in a heartbeat though…sinus attack and all.
It was just that fabulous!
Thanks to all my wonderful friends,family and readers who came out in the cold to support me and the krewe. It means so much to me that you were there for my inaugural ride.
The city showed the Krewe of Nyx so much love that night.
I’m looking forward to many years of riding
with this wonderful krewe,
in this fabulous city.