Mardi Gras festivities got underway in New Orleans with the Krewe of Zulu and Krewe of Rex.
KATC’s Chris Welty is in the Big Easy catching the parades and all of the coveted throws along the route. First up on this list this morning was the Krewe of Zulu who rolled through New Orleans beginning at 8:00 am.
A must-grab while attending the Zulu parade is one of the hand-painted coconuts tossed from floats. The parade is expected to send 35,000 coconuts flying for this year’s parade down St. Charles.
Chris even managed to snag one, his very first, as the parade rolled by.
— Chris Welty (@Chris_R_Welty) March 5, 2019
The LSU Tiger Marching Band made an appearance in this year’s Zulu Parade. Here’s that video:
The Krewe of Rex followed directly at 10:00 am with other krewes following right behind. The Krewe made its annual stop at “The Rex House” which was damaged last month in a fire. The 150-year-old historic home is located on St. Charles Avenue and has been a stop along the parade route since 1907, according to reports.
View the King’s toast below:
For a list of today’s parades in New Orleans, click here.
This morning Chris spoke with revelers along the parade route who were already preparing for all the Mardi Gras fun.