Even though Carnival revelers won’t see that iconic Krewe of Muses fiber optic-encrusted shoe float rolling Uptown, some might still get lucky enough to get their hands on a coveted Muses’ shoe in 2021.
The Krewe of Muses steps forward with ways to promote community engagement and help those who have supported them throughout its 20-year history.
Muses captain Staci Rosenberg announced two community programs focusing on supporting businesses located along the parade route and recognizing healthcare workers on the frontlines during the pandemic.
One of the programs, a Muses glitter shoe lottery, called Stilotto!, gives fans a chance to win a coveted throw from Jan. 20 to Feb. 10. The krewe also hopes the lottery will encourage people to patronize more than 40 businesses along the parade route suffering losses due to COVID-19.
During the lottery, more than 40 shoes are up for grabs.
Another program, called Muses Heels for Healers, will gift coveted glitter shoes to nurses, doctors and hospital support staff who are working so hard during the pandemic.
“We recognize the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on the City’s economy and Mardi Gras. Our krewe is encouraging people to visit local businesses to play Stilotto. This is a devastating time for businesses, some earning 50% of their annual income during Mardi Gras. And of course, during the pandemic, we have been glittering our popular Muses shoes to ensure there are plenty to share with our courageous and committed healthcare warriors,” Rosenberg said in a statement.
Those who want to play the Muses shoe lottery must scan a QR code at this list of participating businesses in order to enter the Stilotto entry form. The list participating businesses includes locations along Magazine Street, St. Charles Avenue, the CBD and Warehouse District.
Participants can enter only once per day at each business. And there’s no cheating. If you try to enter more than once per day at a business, the computer will discard the extra entries.
When Muses draws the winners on Thursday Feb. 11, each participating business will have one Stilotto winner.
Winners will receive a coveted Muses glitter shoe, with a maximum prize of three shoes per winner.
The krewe will give away the shoes at a socially-distant drive-by at the Muses Den on Feb. 14.
Founded in 2000, the Krewe of Muses is named for the nine daughters of Zeus in Greek mythology. The krewe celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020 and has more than 1,400 members.