Monday, February 8, 2021

Mardi Gras Mambo {House Float: Muses ~ 4026 St. Charles Avenue}

 This house float located at 4026 St. Charles Avenue pays homage to Muses, my favorite parade. The shoe tree on the porch is my favorite.

“I will begin with the Muses and Apollo and Zeus. For it is through the Muses and Apollo that there are singers upon the earth and players upon the lyre; but kings are from Zeus. Happy is he whom the Muses love: sweet flows speech from his lips.” (Homeric Hymm to the Muses and Apollo, 1).

In Greek mythology, the Muses are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory. Sometimes these ethereal goddess are referred to as water nymphs, as they were born from the four sacred springs that flowed on Helicon after Pegasus, the winged horse, stamped his hooves on the ground. They are known for their divine beauty, grace, and allure; they arouse the inspiration necessary for creation in artists, especially poets, dancers, musicians, and philosophers. Their favorites were bestowed with the noblest thoughts, the sweetest harmonies, eloquence, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

The number of Muses varies depending on the mythology’s source. According to Hesiod, there are nine goddesses, each presiding over a different art. New Orleanians may recognize their names from, often mispronounced, streets throughout the city: Calliope, Cilo, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania. The arts of the Muses are epic poetry, history, lyric poetry, song and elegiac poetry, tragedy, hymns, dance, comedy, and astronomy, respectively.

On Mount Olympus, they entertained their father and other gods with their great artistry. Apollo, the god of music and harmony, became their choir leader, thus earning the name Musagetes, which means leader of the Muses. Their choir sat near the throne of Zeus and was known for commemorating in song the glorious deeds of the Olympian gods. Additionally, the Muses lived on the summits of Mounts Helicon, Parnassus, Pindus, or Olympus. They haunted the wells, springs and fountains of these rocky summits, which were sacred to them and to poetic inspiration.

Renaissance and Neoclassical art movements standardizes representations of the Muses, identifiable by their artistic emblems and often displayed joyously dancing around a spring on a mountain top.

While known for inspiring creativity, they also punished challenges to rival their divine powers. The Sirens, who lured Greek sailors to rocky coasts with their enchanting music and voices, challenged the Muses to a contest of musical skill. The songs of the Sirens were deceptive and false, while the Muses’ songs were true and loyal. The Sirens were defeated by the Muses, and after victory the Muses plucked out the Sirens’ feathers to make crowns. This contest is commemorated each year with the final Krewe of Muses float.

Greek mythology is rich with tales of gods and goddesses but none were as influential as the Muses. These goddesses were created to give inspiration, artistry, knowledge, and music to the ancient world.

I've seen photos of the house at night, and it is magical.

My 2021 Mardi Gras posts:

Acorn Cottage Facade | House Float {Coliseum & Chestnut} | House Float {Eleonore & Patton} | NolaBee Jester | House Float {6016 St. Charles Avenue} | House Float {Maison MASKquerade} | Circus House Float {5531 St. Charles Avenue} | House Float {St. Charles Avenue & Audubon Place} | House Float: Queen Jubilee {St. Charles Avenue & Fourth Street} | House Float {Krewe of Garden Party} | Acorn Cottage: Custom Mat | House Float: Spirit of Mardi Gras {806 Napoleon Avenue} | House Float: Acadiana Hay Ride {Euterpe & Constance Streets} | House Float: Butterflies of Winter {3801 Magazine Street} | House Float: Gogh Mardi Gras | House Float: Commander's Palace | House Float: Iberia Bank {St. Charles & Louisiana Avenues} | Acorn Cottage: In the Courtyard | House Float: Lights in Lakeview {Porteous & Memphis Streets} | House Float: Mask & Bead Garlands {Washinton Avenue} | House Float: Total Renovation {4901 Magazine Street} | House Float: Saint Dolly {St. Charles Avenue} | House Float: Mystic Krewe of Unicorns {St. Charles Avenue} | Acorn Cottage: King Zulu Cocktail | Acorn Cottage: Mardi Gras Placemats | House Float: Muses {4026 St. Charles Avenue} |

Muses House Float, y'all!


  1. Good morning, Ron! This house float might be my favorite one! I know you are missing the parades this year, especially the Muse's one. I always look forward to seeing your post the day after with the shoes you and J have scored! Thanks for the mythology lesson--I love mythology! I would love to see this house at night--I bet it is magical! Have a great day! xoxo

  2. Wow..The muses are spectacular..Love the pearls..I think it may be more fun to have the houses available for so long rather than seeing the floats for a short period of time..Thanks for sharing the mythology as well..interesting

  3. Love this and the history as it relates to Mardi Gras. These depictions of the muses remind me of Art Nouveau artist Alphonse Mucha's work.

  4. Amazing details Ron. I think the shoe tree is pretty cool too! Interesting reading on the mythology. It seems as though this new way of displaying the themes and festivity are a neat way to do it!


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