The Krewe of Athena Carnival Club announced that it has selected a New Orleans Native and Musical Legend to preside as the Grand Marshal on Sunday, February 11, 2018 in Jefferson Parish.

Marrero, LA February 11, 2018:  Mia X will reign as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Athena’s Mardi Gras Parade on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Born & raised in New Orleans, Mia X, also known as The Biggest Momma is an American Rapper, Songwriter, Actress and Author. A prolific writer and avid student of Hip Hop, Mia cultivated her skills; preparing to become one of the music industries most respected and celebrated female artists of her time.

The Metairie parade, which rolls at 5:00 p.m., will take the traditional Veterans Memorial Boulevard route, beginning near Clearview Shopping Center, heading east onto Veterans. Dr. Taisha Williams-Payne, Captain stated, “We are excited to have Mia X as our Grand Marshal. Mia X is a true New Orleans Legend and Hidden Figure.” Known as the Ladies of KOA, the krewe will roll along the traditional Metairie route with the theme of Krewe of Athena Salutes Hidden Figures a Tribute to American SHEroes.

The parade will consist of several high school bands and marching units. The all- female krewe will toss signature beads, FANNIE PACKS, Fidget Spinners, light-up swing sticks, plush owls and footballs bearing the krewe’s insignia. The most popular throw will be the krewe’s signature fedora hats.

Reigning as Queen Athena IV is Lady Martresaca DaShauntia Jackson-Howard and Mr. Don Lawhorn will reign as King of Athena IV. Royal Graces are Lady Allison Stein, Lady Ashley Randel, Lady Necola Walters LaFrance and Lady Tonya Bell.