You’ll Want to Open These Blinged-Out Krewe of Pandora Boxes

The hottest, all-female krewe in Jefferson Parish shows off their hand-decorated Carnival throws.

Jefferson Parish’s newest all-female Krewe of Pandora returns in full force to the parade lineup this Carnival season. Some krewe members say their hand-decorated Pandora’s boxes will have parade-goers screaming, “Throw me something, sister!”

The krewe rolls on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. for its second year in Metairie following a brief hiatus after 2016. Like the legend of Pandora’s box, the krewe will throw their own blinged-out boxes that recall the myth, as they did during their inaugural parade.

Pandora krewe members Rhonda Ellender and Beverly Jelks show off some of their sparkly boxes that lucky parade-goers might catch. Ellender says she started decorating her boxes during the summer, which even includes a Wonder Woman-themed box. One box alone can take from at least 24 to 48 hours to decorate.

Jelks says the Metairie-based Krewe of Pandora has grown in popularity since the krewe re-opened membership in August 2017.

“Pandora is becoming a big thing now among women, especially since other crews have waiting lists to get in,” Jelks said.

The female krewe is also the Krewe of Nyx’s little sister krewe. Jelks says they aspire to be as large and popular as their sister Orleans Parish krewe.

“I think we just have a good role model in Nyx, and that’s what we’re doing. We’re modeling ourselves after the largest female krewe in New Orleans,” Jelks said.

Members encourage women who are interested in joining the Krewe of Pandora to visit their website for more information.

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