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. Julie’s leadership experience has transcended from her previous law enforcement experience into leading three non-profit organizations. Dedicating her focus to offer women the opportunities of belonging to a sisterhood, while enjoying time for themselves is where Julie thrives.
Julie Lea is proud to contribute to her city of New Orleans, where she was born and raised. 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.
In addition to managing and organizing the krewe, whose membership is now 3300+ members strong, Julie Lea 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 Lea 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.