NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The Krewe of Orpheus will roll Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. with a procession of 38 floats, 1,500 members and 32 marching units led by parade co-founder Harry Connick, Jr. with the theme Glacial Tomes & Conflagrations. Connick will also headline Orpheuscapade, a dynamic post-parade party open to the public.
Keeping with the super krewe’s musical theme, tambourines will debut as a 2022 custom signature throw. Each tambourine will be hand-decorated, allowing members to express their creativity and leaving parade goers with a one-of-a-kind, collectable carnival souvenir.
The Masked Singer judge and former Pussycat Doll, Nicole Scherzinger, will join her co-star Connick for the festivities as a Monarch riding in the parade, bringing their Annie Live! energy to the Lundi Gras event. The Grammy Award nominee is also a Special Olympics Global Ambassador.
Finn Jones will also serve as Monarch. “Ser Loras Tyrell – the Knight of Flowers from HBO’s® Game of Thrones, seemed a clear choice as an Orpheus Monarch,” said Captain Sonny Borey, as the parade is famed for its handmade, blossom-covered floats. An alumnus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for his role as Danny Rand of the Iron Fist series, Jones’ DJ skills will also be on display at the Orpheuscapade. This marks the first performance of its kind at the event and is slated to be a highlight of the celebration.
NWA World Television Champion, film and TV star Tyrus will round out the krewe’s 2022 Monarchs. Captain Sonny Borey proclaimed, “With personality and wit as immense as his colossal stature who better to reign our larger-than-life spectacle?” Also known in WWE as Brodus Clay -“The Funkasaurus” Tyrus, whose birth name is George Murdoch, now calls Louisiana home.
In addition to Connick and Jones, Orpheuscapade performers include perennial favorites Party Crashers, and a lineup of all the most recognizable New Orleans sounds silenced by recent events; Jon Cleary, Big Sam, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., Robin Barnes and the Mixed Nuts.
For more information about the Krewe of Orpheus or to purchase tickets to Orpheuscapade visit kreweoforpheus.com.