Founded in 1917, the Krewe of Iris first stated parading in 1959, and it is the oldest and largest all-female krewe in New Orleans.
Named for the Goddess of the Rainbow and Messenger to the Gods, the krewe sticks to strict Carnival traditions, wearing full-length masks and white gloves. The Krewe of Iris has 900 riders, 32 floats, 12 equestian units and marching bands. Throws include emblem cups, medallion beads, ceramic Iris beads, dolls and doubloons. The Krewe Captain thows her own special doubloon which is a popular item each year.