PLEASE NOTE: There will be no New Orleans parades in 2021 due to Covid.
- The Krewe of Iris parade will start at the intersection of Napoleon Avenue and S. Saratoga Street in New Orleans.
- The parade will proceed south until St. Charles Avenue, where the krewe will turn east (left).
- The Krewe of Iris will follow St. Charles all the way to Lee Circle, around the circle and back on St. Charles northward to Canal Street.
- At Canal, the parade will turn east (right)
- The krewe will follow Canal to Tchoupitoulas Street, where the parade will turn south (right).
- The parade will follow Tchoupitoulas to the intersection with Poydras Street, where the parade will end.
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 3,400 members participating in a Carnival celebration featuring bands and entertainment from across the United States, and 34-tandem 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.
- Year founded: 1917
- Membership: 3448 female riders
- Number of floats: 34 floats (all tandems)
- Signature throw: hand decorated sunglasses