Nyx claims the title of first all-female super krewe for Mardi Gras 2016

With 2,232 riders signed up for 2016, the five-year-old all-female Mystic Krewe of Nyx has achieved super krewe status, said captain Julie Lea.

True, there is no official membership number beyond which a krewe becomes a super krewe, Lea said in a telephone interview on Monday (Sept. 14), but 2,000 seemed to be a legitimate tipping point.

Lea said the young krewe has obviously filled a niche in New Orleans since it was formed in honor of the Greek goddess of the night in 2012.  Membership increased by 720 or roughly 50 percent since 2015, with thousands on a member waiting list.

The skyrocketing interest in the krewe "symbolizes that we've hit on a formula that's working very well for our membership," Lea said.

Endymion, the Mid-City mega parade, will increase its ridership to 3,100 in 2016, once again securing its place as the big kid on the block, but Nyx may be next in line. The Krewe of Thoth rolled with "more than 1,600" riders last year, according to the organization website. The Krewe of Bacchus website lists a figure of "more the 1,400." Orpheus reports 1,250 riders. The Krewe of Muses lists "over 1,000."

"We very well could be the second biggest," Lea said. "That means look out for us."

Nyx rolls on the Uptown route on Wednesday, Feb. 3. This year for the first time, Nyx is producing a unique signature float, though details of the design are still under wraps, Lea said. Nyx typically rents its floats.

The Nyx organization is known for it's decorated purse collectible throws and the custom of visiting Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau's tomb to request fair weather for the parade.

Nyx's charity fashion show "Purses and Pearls" takes place Oct. 18 at 11:30 a.m. at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St. Actor Bryan Batt will emcee. Tickets are $75 with proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Last year's show raised $6700.00 for the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets are available online at eventbrite. For information write to PursesNPearls@yahoo.com or contact Shaney Woods, Chairman of at 504.491.3809.