The Mystic Krewe of Nyx has been granted custom Louisiana license plates marked with the silhouette of a masked woman, the code NX in purple, and the word Louisiana spelled out in pink. In its six-year history, the all-women parade has exploded from 534 to 3,348 riders.
The process of receiving a custom plate began 16 months ago, when state Sen. Jean-Paul “JP” Morrell’s Bill 209, which would create “a special prestige motor vehicle license plate to be known as the ‘Krewe of NYX’ plate,” swiftly passed through the House committee during the state legislative session on May 30, 2017.
The plate is only available to krewe members and can be can be ordered at the Department of Motor Vehicles website. Requests for 1,000 plates were necessary before they were manufactured. Julie Lea, captain of the all-female krewe, received the first copy on Friday (Oct. 12). Captain Lea stated how proud the Krewe if of such a huge accomplishment. Getting its own license plate is a big milestone that not many Mardi Gras Krewes get to do.
The plates sell for $50 plus DMV administration fees. Half of the proceeds will be forwarded to the Krewe of Nyx and used for parade expenses, a spokesman said.
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club also has a signature Louisiana license plate.