NEW ORLEANS, LA — Mystic Krewe of Nyx, the world’s largest carnival organization, will recognize more than 100 of its charter members at an appreciation brunch on August 19The charter members of Nyx will be honored for taking a historic leap of faith in 2011.

Stories of the first year, laughter, tales of sisterhood, and a few surprises is on the agenda for the ladies attending the brunch this Sunday.

“Our charter members took a chance on us when we only had a dream,” said Julie Lea, the Krewe Captain and Founder. “Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We thank them for their faith in us and for helping to build Nyx into one of the premier carnival Krewes in New Orleans’ 300-year history.”


Each of the charter members will be treated to brunch and share memories of their first year with a Krewe that was trying to establish itself among Mardi Gras giants.

“We’ve come such a long way,” Lea said. “We owe a lot to our charter members and they deserve this special day. We can’t wait.”


Mystic Krewe of Nyx was established in 2011 with 534 female members and is now made up of more than 3,300 members. Nyx will parade on the traditional Uptown route on February 27, 2019.

Mystic Krewe of Nyx Charter Member Appreciation Brunch, Sunday, August 19, 2018.



  1. On August 14, 2018, I attended the Charter Members Luncheon at the Pavillion Hotel. It was wonderful to see and visit with my original Nyx Sisters from that first very rainy parade. We hadn’t any idea that seven years later we would be so polished at making purses, throws, and parading. Thanks to all the ladies that make this magic happen every Mardi Gras – Our Board, Captain, & Float Lieutenants.
    Julie encouraged us to share our favorite Nyx experience from that first year.
    With a little nudge from y sister floatmate, Jamillah, I went forth. I began by talking about the hurrucanes we have been through in our lives. I was going to be funny, instead, I lost control, and my heart took over.This is what my favorite first year memory is. It seemed we defined our lives by “before Katrina”. When I joined Nyx, I started saying instead, “since I joined Nyx”. My life and my heart had found joy again.

    So thank you to all my Nyx Sisters for being the lovely and kind people that you are. You healed my heart, have given me hope, and put le bon temp roulez in my life. The Mystic Krewe of Nyx is a joyous ride indeed!

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