Ladies Make Parades is debuting a new all-women, women-only street parade, the YeMaYa Parade, on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM.
The YeMaYa Parade on Saturday, November 5, 2011 will be the first ever all-women, only-women walking parade in New Orleans. We have over 25 women’s parading groups ready to hit the streets together in an historic outpouring of music, dance, costumes, creativity and sisterhood. The costs of putting on a big street parade are considerable, including parade insurance, the police escort and ensuring that we have enough all women bands so that everybody has music to march and dance to. Our goal is that every woman and girl, regardless of her ability to pay membership dues, will be able to join in.
Our groups include the Lady Buckjumpers, the Lady Rollers, the Pussyfooters, the Camel Toe Steppers, the Bearded Oysters, the Muff-a-lottas, the Sirens, The Single Ladies and many more.
Music will be provided by St. Mary’s Academy Marching Band, and other all women and all girl musical groups.
Our theme this year is “Every Women a Queen.” Our parade logo is a crown, which symbolizes the inherent dignity and worth of all women.
Yemaya is the Yoruban Goddess of the Sea, a mother figure who fiercely protects women, children, and the ocean. She gave birth to all other orishas, and she traveled to the New World with her children who came here in chains. Her colors are blue and green and her symbols are the mermaid and the crescent moon. We name our parade in honor of her and ask for her blessing.
LadyFest New Orleans is a five day festival celebrating women musicians, artists and writers. We are grateful to them for including our parade in their festival and the chance to honor the unique and often overlooked contribution of women to the parading traditions of New Orleans.
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Sep 14, 2011 - Oct 17, 2011
Pledge $25 or more
Of course all women who pledge will have a spot in the parade. Men who pledge at this level can sponsor their mother, wife, daughter, sister or friend. Out-of-town supporters can sponsor a worthy parading lady and will receive a LadyFest New Orleans poster.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $50 or more
All women who pledge at this level will get a spot in the parade and can bring a friend. They will also receive a YeMaYa throwing package of special krewe medallions. Men can sponsor two parade ladies of their choice and/or receive the medallions themselves. Out of town supporters will receive the package of krewe medallions and a poster.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
Pledge $100 or more
All women who pledge at this level will receive the two above stated rewards and will have VIP privileges at the beginning and parade end and will be thanked in our LMP thank you book. Men and out-of-towners will be recognized in our thank you book and will receive all the rewards of the other levels as wellEstimated delivery: Jan 2012