The ladies of the Krewe of Nyx have cemented their place in Carnival history with the unveiling of a krewe crest plaque at the Mardi Gras Fountain.
The Nyx plaque is the first to be added to the Lakefront landmark since 2001. Nyx members dedicated their plaque Monday night, in advance of their Wednesday parade.
“The Krewe of Nyx is honored to be represented here at the iconic Mardi Gras Fountain, a New Orleans tradition. We are honored and humbled to be among the storied and historic krewes that comprise Mardi Gras today and in the past.” said Julie Lea, captain of the Krewe of Nyx.
Almost 100 Carnival organizations are represented by plaques at the fountain, which was built in 1962 and was the brainchild of float builder Blaine Kern and former Orleans Parish Levee Board chair Gerald Gallinghouse.
Krewes and Carnival organizations in existence at the time of its creation in 1962 are well-represented and many other more modern krewes have been added over the years.
Though it went dark for a few years after Hurricane Katrina, the fountain underwent repairs and is operating again.
Nyx, which is the city's largest all female Mardi Gras krewe, will parade Wednesday night on the traditional Uptown route. The Grand Marshal this year is Grammy award-winning performer Irma Thomas, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans.