Vogue

How Women Are Creating a More Inclusive Mardi Gras

Most people use the phrase “rain on your parade” as a metaphor. For New Orleanians, this threat is a very literal one, especially during Mardi Gras.The 1,100 riders (or “krewe”) of the 2020 Muses parade, one of the most anticipated and beloved of the carnival season, know this all too well. Their all-female parade, which takes a full year to organize, build, and execute, was cancelled Thursday due to thunderstorms and high winds. The krewe of Muses had only one option: to run a dramatically shortened version of the parade the following day.

Still, loyal and smiling crowds gathered along St. Charles Avenue, cheering as women in wigs on floats rolled by. The krewe tossed thousands of hand-made, glittering, one-of-a-kind shoes into the crowds. Those lucky enough to catch them would scream, dance, and sometimes even cry in elation. This uncompromised support for a compromised parade felt bigger than Muses: People were showing support for women in Mardi Gras overall.

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