What to do when your Mardi Gras organization shares a name with a terrorist group — like ISIS? The Order of Isis, a krewe in Mobile, Alabama, has decided to go by its acronym, OOI, as its members were getting harassed for wearing "Isis" T-shirts in public. Closer to home, the venerable all-female Krewe of Isis (the oldest continuously parading Carnival organization in Jefferson Parish) isn't changing its name for anyone.
"It is our history and our name and for 42 years it has represented proud American women, many of whom have family in the military, or have served in the military themselves," krewe Captain Sherrell Gorman told Gambit. "We're not giving up our name, our dignity or our identity for something like that." There's been no negative reaction in Orleans or Jefferson Parish to the name Isis, Gorman said. "I think it would be a slap in our face to change it."