Organized in 1917, the Krewe of Iris is the oldest and one of the largest female Carnival organization for women. Holding strong to the honored Mardi Gras traditions in its tableau ball and parade, Iris members always wear white gloves and masks, maintaining the "mystery" of the season. The Krewe takes its name from Iris, the goddess of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods in classical Greek mythology.
Parading through the streets of New Orleans since 1959, the Krewe of Iris includes 1,500 members participating in a Carnival celebration featuring bands and entertainment from across the United States, 12-tandem floats, and 37 floats. Noted for its unique throws, including hand decorated sunglasses and king cake babies, the Krewe throws a diversity of beads, cups, doubloons, and Iris-themed items.