On February 1, the all-female Krewe of Muses proclaimed this the "year of the woman," and announced that New Orleans’ Mayor Elect LaToya Cantrell will lead their parade as 2018’s Honorary Muse. Cantrell will get to do what no New Orleans mayor has ever done before – ride in a 17-foot tall fiber optic encrusted red pump.
In a press release put out by the krewe, Cantrell is quoted as saying, “Muses delight in inclusion, creativity and pure fun. These strong and thoughtful women also have an 18-year tradition of philanthropy and community service to those in need, especially children and families. I am honored to be considered a Muse sister for this one magical evening.”
The Krewe of Muses will roll Thursday, February 8, 2018. Along with the mayor-elect, revelers will get to see the krewe’s newest signature float “The Goddessey,” a name that combines the word “goddess” with "Odyssey," the title of the Homer epic. In the poem, Homer calls upon the nine Muses for help in telling the tale of Odysseus’ adventures. With 23-karat gold leaf, mirrored mosaic, silk lanterns and color-changing LED lighting, the Goddessey depicts the birthplace of the nine muses and illustrates their unique attributes.
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