Amanda Shaw named Grand Marshal of Krewe of Nyx

Popular Louisiana singer and musician Amanda Shaw will lead this year’s Nyx parade.

Popular Louisiana singer and musician Amanda Shaw will lead this year’s parade of the purse as Grand Marshal of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

“Amanda Shaw is the essence of New Orleans and Louisiana and embodies how much music means to all of us.  As New Orleans celebrates its Tricentennial, Amanda was the perfect woman to lead us off into our biggest celebration yet,” Nyx Captain Julie Lea said.

Shaw has mesmerized fans with a musical flair that appeals to all tastes – Cajun, rock and roll blues, funk and more.

“I am so honored to serve as the Grand Marshal for the 7th annual Mystic Krewe of Nyx parade, and to be a part of a tradition that not only celebrates local culture, but also honors sisterhood and the strength of women,” Shaw said. “We are so fortunate to live in a region that revels in the simple joys of life, and I am proud to join my fellow Nyx sisters in giving the city another memorable Mardi Gras experience.”

According to Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide, Nyx’s riding members — more than 3,000 — tops the historian’s list of New Orleans Mardi Gras ridership. This year’s Nyx parade will include a total of 150 units, including 44 floats and 16 bands.

In addition to the krewe’s signature hand-decorated purses, The Krewe of Nyx will be throwing uniquely-shaped doubloons that reflect this year’s theme along with its signature purse-shaped doubloons.

The theme of the parade is traditionally a secret, so parade revelers will have to wait until the parade rolls at 6:45 p.m. when Nyx embarks on the traditional Uptown parade route.

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