Special Announcements: Mardi Gras

Big Easy Roller Girls to Roll in Muses
The Big Easy Rollergirls are thrilled to be part of Krewe of Muses for the third year. This year, the parade rolls on Thursday, February 19, at 6:15 p.m. Don’t forget, there are more chances to see BERG and the lovely ladies of Muses with the extended parade route. The parade will start at Magazine and Jefferson, and will proceed down Magazine to Napoleon, where we will fall in behind Babylon and Chaos and pick up the traditional route. Babylon and Chaos will start as usual on Napoleon. Aside from the wonderful Muses’ heels you can also catch… Hand-decorated skate wheels, bearing necklaces, trading cards, the official 2009 BERG bead designed by Beatrix sKiddo, and much more! Wave a sign for your favorite derby darling and you just might get lucky with some fabulous BERG stash! I know you will be missing The Big Easy Rollergirls after they skate past you in Muses – but lucky you, our favorite Krewe of Rolling Elvi will be following not too far behind us and TCB. They will be between floats #20 and #21 so be sure to show them your love!
Check out The Big Easy Rollergirls and New Orleans Bulls in this month’s issue of THE ATLANTIC Meanwhile, you can view our article Scott Stuntz our official photographer! And be sure to break out your running shoes when the rollerbulls take to streets on July 11th for San Fermin in Nueva Orleans. For those of you outside of the NOLA area tonight, check out NBC’s hit show, Kath & Kim starring Molly Shannon and Selma Blair, and featuring members of The L.A. Derby Dolls For those of you in the NOLA area who are coming out to see us tonight in The Krewe of Muses set your TIVO! In tonight’s episode, we meet Rusty, Kath’s ex and Kim’s father, when Kath finds out that her divorce from him was never finalized. Rusty runs a roller derby team (expertly played by The LA Derby Dolls), and in exchange for re-signing the divorce papers, he requires Kim to become his new Jammer, a position Kath once occupied. Blue Collar Comedy star Ron White guest stars as Rusty. Busy Phillips guest stars as the Jammer that Kim replaces. Tune in to support roller derby, and to see if it is really possible to "act" like a true rollergirl!

(like a nice, Savvy bathroom!)

So, last night’s little test run of the new Magazine Street route went off flawlessly.  And let me tell you something that we were very happy to discover:


We’ll be here tonight (MUSES!) and tomorrow (KREWE d’ETAT!) starting at 3pm, all day on Saturday and all day on Sunday (3 PARADES – OKEANOS, MID-CITY  THOTH!) with our delicious Pulled Pork Sandwiches, N.O. Rum Cocktails, Cold Beer and a nice bathroom (free with purchase!).  It’s a nice place to be for Mardi Gras – please come join us!

23rd annual lundi gras CELEBRATION at riverwalk on february 23
Music, Food, Fireworks and Official Arrival of Rex at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza

New Orleans, La. (February 16, 2009) – On Monday, February 23, 2009, Riverwalk Marketplace will host the 23rd annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza with the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free celebration will again include fireworks on the Mississippi River and musical entertainment by New Orleans’ own Living Legends Brass Band, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters and the Topcats.
"Each year at 6 p.m. on Lundi Gras, Rex arrives at Spanish Plaza on a United States Coast Guard vessel and proclaims the official start of Mardi Gras," says Lynn Walters, senior general manager of Riverwalk Marketplace. "The Lundi Gras celebration is a grand, New Orleans tradition embedded into the fabric of both locals’ and tourists’ traditions of honoring carnival season. We are proud and honored to again host this celebration at Riverwalk Marketplace."
The 2009 Lundi Gras entertainment schedule is as follows:
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.     Living Legends Brass Band
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.     Arrival of Rex, King of Carnival & Fireworks
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.     The Topcats
Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza is a free music event for attendees of all ages. Delicious New Orleans food and drinks are available for purchase from the vendors on the Spanish Plaza. Absolutely no ice chests and pets are allowed on the Spanish Plaza during Lundi Gras festivities. 

Parking Information for Local and National Media
Media visiting Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza during 2009 Lundi Gras may park their satellite vehicles in a designated area on the lower Canal Street wharf. Access to the lower Canal Street wharf is granted at the locked gate, located at Loading Dock B at Riverwalk Marketplace. All credentialed media must pick up a parking pass for the lower Canal Street wharf no later than Friday, February 21, 2009 by contacting Lauren Wakeman at 504.522.1555 x7015. One pass per station.
About Riverwalk Marketplace
Riverwalk Marketplace is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth’s international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey.  The Company’s portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP.  For more information, please visit www.ggp.com

Krewe of Zeus to Roll in Metairie
   For this our 52nd Parade, we’ll have 24 floats and 18 bands/marching units plus riding lieutenants on horseback, an unnumbered and riderless title float (in keeping with our tradition as the "Comus of Metairie"!!!), the Captain on the back of a ’57 Convertible (representing the year Zeus was formed and the tradition of our early parades where the Captain rode in a convertible), and a Grand Marshal float (Renny Martin, homegrown celebrity from the "Big Brother" series).  Unfortunately, our signature horse-drawn Calliope float has been rendered useless since Katrina, but we hope to have it fixed and ready soon.  Again unfortunately, our mule-drawn king’s float has been tractor-pulled since Katrina, due to the loss of the rigging for the mules.  But I think you can see that Zeus strives to uphold the traditions of Carnival with a classy and well-organized presentation that pays respect to those cherished Carnival traditions – including most importantly RIDERS WITH FULL COSTUMES AND MASKS AT ALL TIMES!
   Our theme this year is "Zeus and the Zodiac", and all Krewe floats, including Maids and Dukes, will maintain this theme very closely with our own (Krewe-owned) floats.
   We’re excited to have the U.S. Marine Corps Band leading the parade, as well as bands from five different states.  I’m including below a copy of an e-mail I sent to the Jefferson Parish School Board and Special Events Coordinator over a year ago…unfortunately, still no change; and we are again lacking ANY Jefferson Parish participation in our parade, despite our outreach to each school.  I am just sending you this for information, and so y’all can see what J.P. parades are up against when it comes to booking bands and marching units!!!
Thanks again for your time and consideration, and Happy Carnival! —
Stephen Lundgren, Krewe of Zeus

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