|The Mystic Society of the Memphi was founded
in 1872 and sponsored the original Memphis Mardi Gras celebrations of
the 1800's. Memphis was re-started in 1933 to become the first support group of Carnival Memphis. Throughout the city's history, Memphi has proudly
supported Carnival and the betterment of the community.
|The most ancient known Carnival was the
festival of Osiris in Egypt, which had it's origins in rites tied to
the coming of Spring. The Grand Krewe of Osiris was founded in
Memphis in 1934. The Krewe colors are bright red and white, and its
symbol is the Great Eye of Osiris.
Grand Krewe of RaMet was chartered as The Mystic Society of RaMet in
the year 1938 as the third support group of Carnival Memphis. The name
came from Ra, god of the sun, and Maat, goddess of truth. Its
successive Royalty, as King Ra and Queen Maat, has reigned since its
founding. Members of RaMet represent a broad spectrum of occupations in
the Memphis area. Annual highlights of RaMet include the Asking Party, Flagman's Party, Duchess Party, Christmas Party and Last Nighter's.
|The fourth of the original secret societies, now Grand Krewes, Sphinx was established in 1935. The founders took the name from the mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. Grand Krewe of Sphinx members have a long standing tradition of serving the Mid-South community.|
Recognized in Egyptian mythology as the patron god of ancient Memphis, Ptah was founded in
1970. Ptah's annual Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Ball is the ultimate
experience for fun and outlandish costumes.
Visit Ptah on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ptah
Visit their website at: www.grandkreweofptah.com
|The Singles Krewe in one of Carnival's
most active group. Between bridge and supper clubs, theater and
travel groups, golf, tennis, and almost any social activity possible,
Ennead's members have somehow found time to set fund raising records
yearly in support of the Children's Charity Initiative.
Visit Ennead on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/ennead
Visit their website at: www.ennead.info
Established in 1998, the Grand Krewe of the Royal Society of Queen Bees offers an avenue of distinction for various groups of individuals already in the Carnival realm. Membership includes the wives of the King and President of Carnival and the Queen of Carnival and her mother. The current year's Grand Krewe Queens are recognized as honorary members and invited to become Queen Bees at the end of their reign.
The Grand Krewe of Phoenix was established in 1998. According to Greek Mythology the Phoenix is a bird that was consumed by flames but rose renewed from the ashes. In that same spirit, the founding members of Phoenix, who had been consumed by the flames of Carnival that still burned in their own hearts, rose with a new spirit and renewed hope to soar with all the other Carnival Krewes and add to the history and traditions of Carnival Memphis.
Visit Phoenix on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/phoenix
|The Grand Krewe of Ptolemy was formed
in 2000. The mission of Ptolemy is to serve as a vehicle for a
diverse range of people to enjoy Carnival Memphis and thereby uphold
and perpetuate its traditions. Ptolemy will strive to present an
array of festive events during Carnival week and present community
service opportunities throughout the year. Just as the Ptolemaic
dynasty melded Egyptian and Hellenistic cultures to a greater whole,
this dual emphasis on activities will preserve a rich tradition while
building a future for Carnival Memphis.
Visit Ptolemy on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ptolemy
Visit their website at: www.ptolemymemphis.com
Established in 2004, Carnival Memphis'
newest Grand Krewe takes its name from the Arabic word el-Uqsur,
meaning "encampment of fortification." The Grand
Krewe of Luxor was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in
order to support the Carnival Children's Charity Initiative and other
local charitable events.
Visit their website at: www.luxor4kids.org
Who are those green guys?? The Boll Weevils! Carnival's Men of Mischief.