In true New Orleans fashion, the characters of the Krewe of Zulu were welcomed in.
Hundreds of people packing Woldenberg Park to see their colorful costumes up close.
“This is the biggest show in town. everyone comes to see Zulu at it’s best,” said Chaplin Jeff Rees, Sr.
This the 26th annual Zulu Lundi Gras festival. People from across the world come to enjoy live music and food.
Angel Robinson is from Dallas, Texas says that Mardi Gras is a big family reunion.
“It’s so much fun. you get to hang out with your family, friends and everyone comes together. I have family that lives on the east coast and it’s a really good time,” said Robinson.
Those who come to this celebration are hopeful to get their hands on an iconic item before the Zulu parade rolls on Mardi Gras day.
“I hope I get some coconuts soon,” said Madison Jones.
The Zulu coconut also known as the golden nugget is elaborately decorated by hand.
“We’re going to have plenty of them. we have over 30,000 sacks of coconuts on all those floats out there,” Rees said.
During the Lundi Gras festivities, only a handful of coveted coconuts were handed out.
“It means a lot because it’s difficult to get them at the parades. You have to make eye contact with the person so they can get it to you because it’s hard for them to throw them,” Robinson said.
Zulu’s parade rolls here in New Orleans on Mardi Gras.