by Lesley j. vos
Welcome to New Orleans!
The city is anxiously anticipating Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras), a day filled with vibrant parades, celebrity appearances, and citywide festivities.
This culmination of Carnival, celebrated not just in Louisiana but also in places as far-flung as Alabama, Brazil, and Europe, showcases the cultural richness and spirited traditions of the holiday.
An integral part of Monday’s festivities in New Orleans, featuring live music and the ceremonial meeting of the kings of the Rex Organization and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. This tradition from 1999 symbolizes the city’s progress toward overcoming social and racial barriers.
The final parades, including Rex, the King of Carnival, and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, are eagerly anticipated events.
Monday night’s procession, highlighted by the Krewe of Orpheus, featured notable figures such as Harry Connick Jr., Neil Patrick Harris, and David Burtka, adding a touch of celebrity glamor to the festivities.
said Renitta Haynes from Chattanooga, Tennessee, capturing the inclusive and friendly atmosphere that pervades the city during this festive season.
No strangers down here!