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Blakeview: the Krewe of Venus 

While Muses, Nyx, Iris and other all-female krewes were rightly celebrated earlier this month for embodying the women's movement in Carnival, we can't forget the grandmother of them all: the Krewe of Venus. It paraded for the first time 75 years ago this week. "Carnival in New Orleans has long been the male's domain," The Times-Picayune wrote at the time. "Imagine what his surprise will be this year when he watches women parading on floats over the streets where he has hitherto held full sway!" The krewe's initial membership was 75 women, and its first parade, on Feb. 23, 1941, rolled with nine floats. It was followed by a ball at the Municipal Auditorium. Venus did not parade for the next four years because of World War II, but it returned in 1946 and remained active until 1992.

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