“KOA was organized in 1979 as a Mardi Gras organization for business and professional women and follows a Greek theme. There were 39 charter members. The colors of white, purple, and gold represent our organization. All gowns are white, and the flowing shoulder drapes represent gold for our royalty each year, purple for the board members, and white for the charter members. Each year new members have a designated color for their drapes, making the balls and parades a symphony of color. “
The Krewe of Aphrodite is celebrating its 37th year! KOA is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to promote fun and fellowship for its members through parading annually during Mardi Gras, Fiesta and Christmas in downtown Pensacola.
KOA has five floats that are stored and maintained in their Krewe barn in beautiful downtown Pensacola. They are the Lyre, Pegasus, Shell, Temple and the official Court float. Every year at KOA;s Ball new royalty are presented – Aphrodite and Apollo and their court which consist of a myriad of gods and goddesses.
Currently, KOA’s roster has a cap of 130 women. When a coveted opening becomes available, prospective new members,sponsored by two goddesses are voted upon by general membership. Members of KOA must be 21 years of age.