The Amelia EarHawts & Cabin Krewe formed in October of 2014. Two of the original Hawts were members of the Krewe of Venus and missed parading. While having participated in other Krewes and clubs, something was missing.
After much research and thought on how to re-organize, ideas surfaced including the popularity of marching groups. Instead of having only one parade day, why not have multiple parade days? Different themes were discussed but New Orleans transportation came to mind including the Earhart Expressway: Amelia Earhart, wait, no make it New Orleans, “HiYa HAWT”. With the reopening of the Lakefront Airport and significant history of Amelia Earhart staying there on her way to California to launch her final flight, this became our inspiration.
Boarding passes were issued in October of 2014 and Da Hawts took off. Snappy Tom red retro flight attendant costumes were located and fit. Surprisingly, gentleman callers arrived requesting membership, evolving into the “Cabin Krewe” of pilots, TSA agents, and stewards. And yes, we even have two former flight attendants in our membership!
Press releases, correspondence to New Orleans Krewe Captains and coverage in Arthur Hardy’s Mardi Gras Guide triggered a supersonic inaugural first year with Da Hawts dancing in five parades during Mardi Gras 2015: Cleopatra, King Arthur, Druids, Knights of Babylon and Okeanos parades. We made subsequent appearances at fundraisers and events including Great Strides, Opera Ball, FestiGals, WYES Chocolate Sundae, and Krewe of Jingle.
In 2016 we marched in Cleopatra, King Arthur, Druids, Knights of Babylon and Okeanos parades, as well as post-Mardi Gras appearances LA SPCA Howlin’ Success, Festigals, Anba Dlo, Krewe of Jingle, Angel’s Place, Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides.
In 2017, we marched in Cleopatra, King Arthur, Druids, and Babylon, and Iris Mardi Gras parades, as well post-Mardi Gras appearances Girls on the Run, Leukemia and Lymphoma Man and Woman of the Year, Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides, Tulane Cancer Blue Doo, Festigals.
In 2018, Da Hawts reached higher altitudes by performing in six Mardi Gras parades including Poseidon, Cleopatra, King Arthur, Druids, Knights of Babylon, and Iris. To date, Da Hawts participated in fundraisers well post-Mardi Gras appearances Girls on the Run, Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides. Look for Da Hawts return in FestiGals Step Up Second Line in June.
Da Hawts are happy to continue parading in New Orleans and have one question…“Can You Handle the Turbulence?”