The Krewe of Iris, the oldest all-female Mardi Gras krewe at 102 years old, announced that it will have the largest ridership of any krewe for the 2019 Carnival season. Iris 2019 will carry 3,450 riders on 34 floats – more than 95% of them tandems. Their signature throws are hand-decorated sungasses.
Iris membership is up almost 1,000 riders from 2018. Krewe membership has been rising slowly since 2010 when Captain Emeritus Joy Oswald passed the leadership reins to her granddaughter, Captain Kristin Danflous. Since the krewe’s founding in 1917, Danflous is the third generation of her family to lead the krewe. As the ridership numbers grew, so did the krewe’s waiting list. Iris needed more floats! That’s when Barry Kern with Kern Studios came to the rescue.
In a press release, Danflous is quoted as saying, “When I told Barry what we wanted, he gave it to us, and then blew us away with more than we even envisioned for our parade. Our ride down the Avenue this year is going to be epic because of that commitment to Carnival excellence!”
Iris’ 2019 theme is “Iris Through A Child’s Eyes.” Floats will highlight popular children’s fairytales, storybooks, games and movies. Iris will roll on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m.
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