Who is Artemis?
The goddess Artemis played an intriguing role in mythology. She was known as the “Mistress of Animals” and the protector of children. Artemis, along with Orion, are known as the god and goddess of the hunt. Myths and legends say that Artemis was aloof and free-spirited. Myths also show Artemis as a strong willed and powerful female goddess.
Artemis was the daughter of Leto and Zeus, the ruler of the Greek gods. Together with her twin brother, she enjoyed the status and privileges of an Olympian. And as an Olympian goddess, Artemis was free to pursue her interests and was often found frolicking in the forests, accompanied by an band of nymphs.
Therefore, it is only befitting to honor this legendary goddess by naming the first and only all ladies parading Krewe in Baton Rouge….The Krewe of Artemis!
The Krewe of Artemis was founded in 2001 with the vision of bringing the Mardi Gras spirit and tradition to the Baton Rouge community with a female twist. Joanne Harvey, Krewe Captain, was born and raised in New Orleans and wanted to bring that city’s version of Mardi Gras to Baton Rouge. After experiencing the formation and success of the Krewe of Orion, through her husband, Charles Harvey (President of Orion), Joanne’s goal was to bring that same spirit and tradition but with a decidedly female angle to Baton Rouge. The Krewe made its parade debut in Baton Rouge in 2003 and has enjoyed tremendous support from the community.
Along with the Mardi Gras spirit comes service to community and the Krewe of Artemis is proud of its involvement with local charities. The Krewe has supported many community organizations, American Cancer Society, Baton Rouge Food Bank, Juvenile Diabetes Association, Race For the Cure and Dreams Come True to name a few. We also bring our parade festivities to OLOL Children’s Hospital and Louisiana School for the Deaf.