The Military Officers' Wives' Club

                                                Of Greater New Orleans

     All female members of MOWC are automatically members of the Krewe of CAMAN, an officially-registered, all-womens, Mardi Gras Krewe!

     We are planning to host our 49th Krewe of CAMAN Ball on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at the Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal Street in NOLA.  We will announce via email, "CAMAN Crier", and the Facebook page when individual and whole-table reservations will go on sale . The theme is Rat Pack Vegas...very cool, very classy. (Hint: think the original cast of Oceans Eleven.)
     As per Mardi Gras tradition, dress is Black Tie/Mess or Service Dress for men; floor-length gown for women (or optional Mess/Service Dress). As customary, formal costumes are allowed. Ladies, channel your inner 1960s-Angie Dickinson!!!
What is the Krewe of CAMAN?!?!?

     The Krewe of CAMAN and our annual Ball, originated by the Navy Officers' Wives' Club (Krewe of NOW), were started as a way for military to participate in Mardi Gras traditions "like a local". In the early 1970s and years prior, military members who didn't have city connections were rarely invited to be a part of the activities of Krewes, secret societies that made up the core of Mardi Gras fetes. Our first Ball was held in 1973; the Krewe name was changed to CAMAN in 1987 after MOWC was established. CAMAN stands for Coast Guard, Army, Marines, Air Force and Navy.

     Each year, our Ball Captain hosts a ball steeped in Mardi Gras traditions with a military twist during Carnival Season. The Ball features a theme and "old line krewe" traditions are observed. Dress is formal.  Each year at the Royal Dinner, a Court consisting of 5 Maids (one representing each Service) is chosen by lottery and announced. The CAMAN Queen and King are also selected, but their identities remain a closely-guarded secret until they are unmasked on the night of the Ball.

    On the night of the Ball, the Court processes into the ballroom to much fanfare wearing mantles for each of the Services and crowns. Past royalty are presented and a short tableau built around the theme is performed before dinner and dancing.
CAMAN 47 (2020) Court.
Front Row, from left: Christine Thurston, Patty Everhardt, Florina Romoser, Queen Gillian Connon, King Greg Ireton, Dee Dee Boyea, FJ Cutting
Back Row: consorts of the Queen, King and Maids