The Krewe of Orpheus emerges with the latest effort to help put local Carnival artists to work.
For the first time in parade history, the Krewe of Orpheus will offer its signature floral works of art after years of requests from krewe members and the public.
Carnival revelers can get their hands on those papier-mâché flowers used to decorate Orpheus’ iconic floats as collector’s items. Orpheus says funds raised from the sale of the papier-mâché flowers will benefit the creative community.
“Mardi Gras is a time that brings our city together to celebrate. As people get innovative in the way they observe this tradition by adorning their homes this year, we’re thrilled to provide them the opportunity to not only showcase some of the krewe’s signature adornments as they revel safely at home but to own an iconic work of art to cherish every day of the year,” said Krewe of Orpheus captain Sonny Borey.
Krewe of Orpheus artistic director Derek Franklin designed the limited edition, hand-painted flowers which are dated and signed by Franklin and feature an original Krewe of Orpheus pin which can be removed to wear.
The approximately 19 inch-wide pieces can be hung or used as tabletop décor as each is fitted with a wooden mounting block and hanger.
Mardi Gras enthusiasts and art aficionados can choose between a pink and a yellow series and can display the timeless pieces of art year-round. The flowers are finished with a lacquer, rendering them weather resistant but not waterproof.
“These last few months have been challenging for the artistic community, particularly Mardi Gras artists with the city’s ban on parades. I’m honored to be able to share the talents of these artisans by bringing this unique piece of New Orleans culture, traditionally reserved for our ‘theatre on wheels’ as Orpheus is affectionately known, into people’s homes and hope it allows them to feel they are a part of our celebration,” Franklin said.
Known for its tradition of incorporating flowers into its float design, the Krewe of Orpheus was co-founded in 1993 by a small group including Harry Connick Jr. and Borey. It was the first super krewe to include both male and female riders and is considered one of the most beautiful parades of Carnival season.
Three hundred hand-crafted flowers have been created and are available for purchase for $125.00 via Plush Appeal – The Mardi Gras Spot’s website at Mardigrasspot.com.