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Mardi Gras Indian Queens to Ride in Krewe of Muses Parade, February 4

Terry Jones | 2/2/2016, 2:15 p.m. | Updated on 2/2/2016, 2:15 p.m.
The Mardi Gras Indian Queen's traditional role is to communicate the Chief's directions to the tribe to ensure the group ...
Queen of the Golden Blade (Photo Credit: Kichea S. Burt (C) )

On Thursday, February 4, a group of Mardi Gras Indian Queens will join the Krewe of Muses on a special float (float #5).

The Mardi Gras Indian Queen's traditional role is to communicate the Chief's directions to the tribe to ensure the group stays together while parading. In addition to their traditional role, the Queens take on larger and more prominent leadership positions in their respective tribes and communities through a wide variety of arts, education, and nonprofit initiatives.

Krewe of Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg said, "I am beyond thrilled to announce that the Mardi Gras Indian Queens will join the Muses on a special float this year. The influential roles that they play are an embodiment of the values we embrace as Muses. I am honored to be riding with them this year."

Mardi Gras Indian Queens riding with the Muses:

Cherice Harrison-Nelson (Honorary Muse, 2002), Maroon Queen, Guardians of the Flame

Cara Harrison Daniels, Guardians of the Flame

Herreast J. Harrison, Queen Mother Supreme, Guardians of the Flame

Michele J. Harrison, Guardians of the Flame

Veronica Henry, Third Queen, Golden Blades

Malita Thompson Martin, Guardians of the Flame

Jamilah Y. Peters-Muhammad, Ambassador Queen, Guardians of the Flame

Roslyn Johnson Smith, Guardians of the Flame

Big Queen Tonya, Big Queen, Wild Tchoupitoulas

Denice Smith, Big Queen, Monogram Hunters

Krewe of Muses

Established in 2000, the Muses organization has over 1,500 members. A centerpiece of the Krewe's vision is philanthropic activities and the incorporation of the local artistic and cultural resources of the community creating Muses Mardi Gras traditions for parade goers and carnival season enthusiasts to enjoy. The 2016 Muses parade will roll on Thursday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. The parade will follow the extended route, beginning at the corner of Magazine St. and Jefferson Ave., proceeding down Magazine to Napoleon Ave., where it resumes the traditional St. Charles Ave. route.