Majorettes From the Mothership

"Shine Bright Like A Diamond"The Purpose of the Pussyfooters

An interview with one of the founding members of the group, Camille Baldassar to get some answers about how the group started and what they stand for.

First and foremost, it is said that Pussyfooters are on this earth to raise the consciousness of all women everywhere. Sisters from the Mothership work to support and empower women globally and locally. We honor our imperfections and dance out of love and non-judgement. We are–each and everyone of us–shiny diamonds.

Who are The Pussyfooters?
Majorettes from the Mothership sent here to help the party people get their groove on.

Can you talk about your inspiration for founding the Pussyfooters?
I was watching one of my first Mardi Gras parades and fell in love with the gals who dance in the high school troupes. I was about 37 years old and thought, “I want to do that!” I began asking around, and with the help of a few core women we called a meeting, held practices, contacted Muses, made costumes and the Pussyfooters were born.

Why the name Pussyfooters?
Someone just thought it up in the early stages of brainstorming, and as soon as we heard it we knew it was the right one. We love the double entendre. One of the definitions of Pussyfoot means to sneak behind the scenes-do things your own way. There’s a little subversive nature to who we are as well.

How did the grow to be so large?
People love what we do as much as we do. We are proud to be one of the, now, many women’s parade groups that fit naturally into the NOLA groove.
Note: Each woman is invited to join and is sponsored by another established Pussyfooter. One woman may be sponsored per member, and membership does not expand every year.

How did the handlers come about?
The first year we knew enough to invite our male friends to march with us and help out. The first parade they just jumped in and helped with crowd control, the music system, and kept us hydrated. We couldn’t do this without them.

What does the group do to help empower women?
What we see is that Pussyfooting (organizing together, costuming, and performance) creates individual and group growth, self-confidence, and self respect via performance. We are amateur dancers, and we get out there and strut our joy for everyone. Since our first year we have raised funds for Women for Women International. Additionally we have supported: Lindy’s PlaceThe Holy Cross Neighborhood Organization and Metro Women’s Center.

What is the vision for the future of the group?
We are expanding our service mission, and are now a non-profit. We are working to nurture more depth in our values of Love, non-judgement, respect, and service within our own organizational culture.