ABOUT OUR MISSION

The Krewe of Armeinius is New Orleans' largest Gay Mardi Gras organization founded in 1968. Our mission is to archive, preserve, and educate the public about the art from and creation of costume tableaux and its history.

What is Gay Mardi Gras?

Originating with the Krewe of Yuga (or KY) in the late 1950s. A group of young rebellious gay men created a satire of the straight balls that gay men at the time were largely precluded from. From the limitation and vast creativity, a style of costume and presentation was reviled and still preserved today. 

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Do We Parade?

Like our predecessors, Armeinius was started at a time (pre-stonewall) that it was not only illegal for gay men to parade but many of the early balls were raided by police in earlier krewes.  We hold yearly bal masques (balls) out of tradition and preservation of the craft. Many costumes in recent years have ridden in numerous parades but as a krewe we do not roll. 

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What Is a Gay Costume Tableau?

Gay costume tableaux (Plural) is the art form that emerged from Gay Mardi Gras costume creation. It is often large representations of a central theme, many time made from wire sculpting, foam, feathers, or anything you can find. It is also how the costume is presented as it follows a theme to tell a story. 

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OUR BALL (Bal Masque)

This is the grand culmination of our efforts, hot glue, glitter, and fabulosity

BUY TICKETS

The Krewe puts on several events throughout the year that help raise money for the ball. In addition, the krewe allows the public to attend its ball and in very rare instances has tables and individual seats available for purchase with certain donation levels.

Armeinius Tickets

OUR MEDIA BUZZ

We are the talk of the town, don't just take our word for it, here are just a select few that have featured Armeinius the last few years.

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OUR CONTACT INFO

Phone: 

920.306.1969

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Email:

Info@Armeinius.org

Address:

433 N Broad St. 

New Orleans, LA 70119

 

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