Julie Lea is the Founder and CEO of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, the largest parading organization in Mardi Gras history. She is also the Founder and CEO of the Krewe of Pandora and the Nola Nyxettes. A New Orleans native, Julie cherishes all of the opportunities she has to contribute to her one-of-a-kind community and keep the spirit of New Orleans alive and well.
Having previously served the citizens of her city for 20 years as a law enforcement professional, Julie has had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. The heartbeat of New Orleans’ culture, food, music, and history comes from the people who live and visit the city, Julie believes. Perhaps nothing sums this up quite as well as Carnival season, with each Mardi Gras parade serving as a snapshot of what makes the entire city so special.
Julie formed the Mystic Krewe of Nyx in 2011 and has since led it to thrive as the largest parading krewe in Mardi Gras history. The krewe is known for its roots in fun, sisterhood, and merriment for women of all backgrounds who are ready to let their inner goddess shine through. In just seven short years, the krewe has quickly become recognizable by their hot pink and black color scheme, their signature throw (beautiful hand decorated purses), and, of course, their sheer size!
The thing that inspires me most about New Orleans is the people.Julie Lea
In addition to managing and organizing the krewe, whose membership is now 3300+ members strong, Julie has taken many other opportunities to extend the sisterhood of the Krewe (and have a blast while doing it!). In 2013 she led the formation of the Nola Nyxettes, a dancing troupe which marches in about six parades each Mardi Gras season. They also perform at balls and other events throughout the year whenever they are invited. Julie also created the Krewe of Pandora, which paraded in Jefferson Parish in 2016 and 2018.
Julie is proud to contribute to her city. She has been awarded the Key to the City of New Orleans six times, and has earned New Orleans City Council Proclamations twice. She holds a number of community partnerships, with organizations spanning causes such as disease research and treatment, transformational learning, criminal justice, and more.
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