Grand Krewes

Grand Krewe of PTAH



     The Mystic Society of the Memphi was founded in 1872 and sponsored the original Memphis Mardi Gras celebrations of the 1800’s. Memphis was re-started in 1933 to become the first support group of Carnival Memphis.  Throughout the city’s history, Memphi has proudly supported Carnival and the betterment of the community. 




     The most ancient known Carnival was the festival of Osiris in Egypt, which had it’s origins in rites tied to the coming of Spring. The Grand Krewe of Osiris was founded in Memphis in 1934. The Krewe colors are bright red and white, and its symbol is the Great Eye of Osiris. 




     The Grand Krewe of RaMet was chartered as The Mystic Society of RaMet in the year 1938 as the third support group of Carnival Memphis. The name came from Ra, god of the sun, and Maat, goddess of truth. Its successive Royalty, as King Ra and Queen Maat, has reigned since its founding. Members of RaMet represent a broad spectrum of occupations in the Memphis area. Annual highlights of RaMet include the Asking Party, Flagman’s Party, Duchess Party, Christmas Party and Last Nighter’s.!__about-ramet 






     The fourth of the original secret societies, now Grand Krewes, Sphinx was established in 1935.  The founders took the name from the mythological creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.  Grand Krewe of Sphinx members have a long standing tradition of serving the Mid-South community.



     Recognized in Egyptian mythology as the patron god of ancient Memphis, Ptah was founded in 1970. Legend has it that everything is crearted by PTAH: gods are made, cities ordained, ribs barbequed and order maintained.  Ptah’s annual Black Tie and Tennis Shoe Ball is the ultimate experience for fun and outlandish costumes, a “party with a purpose” for the child in each of us.




     The Singles Krewe in one of Carnival’s most active group. Between bridge and supper clubs, theater and travel groups, golf, tennis, and almost any social activity possible, Ennead’s members have somehow found time to set fund raising records yearly in support of the Children’s Charity Initiative.




     Established in 1998, the Grand Krewe of the Royal Society of Queen Bees offers an avenue of distinction for various groups of individuals already in the Carnival realm. Membership includes the wives of the King and President of Carnival and the Queen of Carnival and her mother.  The current year’s Grand Krewe Queens are recognized as honorary members and invited to become Queen Bees at the end of their reign. 




     The Grand Krewe of Phoenix was established in 1998. According to Greek Mythology the Phoenix is a bird that was consumed by flames but rose renewed from the ashes. In that same spirit, the founding members of Phoenix, who had been consumed by the flames of Carnival that still burned in their own hearts, rose with a new spirit and renewed hope to soar with all the other Carnival Krewes and add to the history and traditions of Carnival Memphis.




     The Grand Krewe of Ptolemy was formed in 2000. The mission of Ptolemy is to serve as a vehicle for a diverse range of people to enjoy Carnival Memphis and thereby uphold and perpetuate its traditions. Ptolemy will strive to present an array of festive events during Carnival week and present community service opportunities throughout the year. Just as the Ptolemaic dynasty melded Egyptian and Hellenistic cultures to a greater whole, this dual emphasis on activities will preserve a rich tradition while building a future for Carnival Memphis.




     Established in 2004, Carnival Memphis’ newest Grand Krewe takes its name from the Arabic word el-Uqsur, meaning “encampment of fortification.” The Grand Krewe of Luxor was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit organization in order to support the Carnival Children’s Charity Initiative and other local charitable events.




     Who are those green guys?? The Boll Weevils! Carnival’s Men of Mischief.





"Party with a Purpose" . . . . . "For the Child in Each of Us"