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NEW ORLEANS -- The Krewe of Alla, which was established in 1932, has announced that it will welcome women to join the organization.

The Krewe's board of directors has adopted bylaws that remove the krewe's all-male distinction, which it has held for 82 years.

The board anticipated that Alla will draw couples and families (children age 16 and older) who want to join in the merriment and fellowship that Carnival clubs offer.

'We are very excited that women, who have ridden with us as guests for the past two years may become members with all the privileges that entails,' said John A. Beninate II, Alla's captain. 'We heard from many of our members' spouses, daughters, and girlfriends who want to be members, not merely guests, of our organization. There's no reason they shouldn't be, and I'm happy to accept them into our ranks. This is a historic moment for Alla, which has a storied place in New Orleans' Carnival history and rode on the Uptown route this year for the first time.'

Alla's next membership meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, at Mardi Gras World, 1380 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans.

Those wishing to join the krewe may pay dues online at www.kreweofalla.net/join and may follow the krewe on Facebook and Twitter.

Dues are only $450 and the krewe does not require members to purchase throw packages, event tickets, or pay an initiation fee. Alla was founded in Algiers and takes its name for that locale (Al., La.). It parades on the St. Charles Avenue route on the first Sunday of Carnival and is the fifth-oldest parading organization in the New Orleans area.

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