Muses feature first ever all female flambeaux troupe
Dave Cohen Reporting
"The Glambeaux and the Krewe of Muses are proud to announce the debut march of the first ever all-female flambeaux troupe," the krewe announced in a news release. "The Glambeaux will parade with Muses on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 6:30 p.m."
Established in 2000, the Muses organization has over 1,500 members.
Most flambeaux torch carriers do not costume, but the Glambeaux "will be fully costumed in fire colors and wielding their torches to a choreographed soundtrack."
There are 24 women in the group.
Glambeaux Captain Dani Johnson says she came up with the idea of an all-female flambeaux troupe while watching last year's Krewe of Muses parade.
"I was inspired by the Muses, the costumed marching groups, the beautiful floats, the artistry and authenticity of the parade. One of the flambeaux carriers was stopped in front of where I was standing, and I asked if he had ever paraded with a woman and did he think that women could physically carry and handle a flambeaux. His answer was yes, and that was the beginning of the Glambeaux," said Johnson.
Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg said, "Glambeaux Captain Dani Johnson reached out to me and shared her idea for a new marching group and I knew immediately it would be a perfect fit for the Muses. The Glambeaux are going to be another Muse parade goer favorite. Muses is thrilled to have this creative, committed, and community-minded group of ladies join us."
Organizers say Julia Reed, contributing editor at Elle Décor and Garden & Gun magazine, will serve as the Krewe's Honorary Muse.
"We are honored to have Julia Reed as our 2014 Honorary Muse. As an accomplished author and editor, she embodies the spirit and grace of a Muses woman. Her joie de vivre will be apparent to parade-goers as she leads the Muses in our Krewe's signature red high-heel shoe," Rosenberg said.
Reed also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, as well as to the websites Taigan.com and wowOwow.com. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC.
Reed grew up in the Mississippi Delta and now lives in New Orleans.
She began her career at Newsweek magazine's Washington Bureau. A news release says that for 20 years she was a contributing editor at Vogue, where her profile subjects including everyone from Oscar de la Renta, Robert Deniro and Sister Helen Prejean to George and Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.