The Amazons were founded in 2012 after founder, Dianne Honore', was diagnosed with breast cancer. This was her 3rd bout and 3rd completely different type of cancer over 30 years. Her paternal family is riddled with cancer survivors and those who succumd to the disease. She wanted to do somehting to help others. Already in the nursing profession she felt the need to be of even greater service to her community. Being surrounded by so many strong compassionate friends and fellow warriors she founded the group realizing there is strength in numbers. They could do even more good for the community as a collective through volunteer work, fundraising and service! The Scythians are the Amazons' male counterparts.
Cancer is our hallmark cause but as a benevolent society we assist other types of organizations or individuals where there is a need. We've supported North Rampart Community Center for children, New Orleans Mission homeless center, battered womens shelters among many others. We invite anyone in need to join our support group, attend monthly Wellness Workshops, dance classes, and fundraisers. Our annual fall event is called Baking for Breast Cancer. Proceeds go directly to 2 local cancer fighters. It is held the first Saturday of each October, this year it's Oct. 6, 2017 at Fortier Park on Esplanade Ave. 9am-2pm
We are first and foremost a benevolent society. We dress out in custom designed breast plates with shields and swords each year at Carnival time in celebration of all we do year-round. We also want to show cancer fighters and those in need and sickness that they can be a part of the merriment and celebration and we support them. We are strong, fierce, and tireless. We have our own drumline! We are the Amazon and Scythian Warriors! This year 2018 the Amazons made history by being the first organization of cancer survivors to hold their own Mardi Gras parade.