NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Grab your krewe and join The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk as they celebrate the return of Mardi Gras in New Orleans with the 35th annual Lundi Gras on the Mississippi. The free, public event will feature an array of festivities at the refurbished Spanish Plaza on Monday, February 28, including the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Rex Organization, and with live music, fireworks, and local food vendors, the event continues to be the premier Lundi Gras celebration in New Orleans.

“After a year without Mardi Gras, we are beyond excited to welcome Rex, King of Carnival and King Zulu, along with Mayor Cantrell, to officially announce Fat Tuesday,” says Frank Quinn, General Manager of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. “We welcome locals and visitors of all ages to join us on Spanish Plaza for this momentous occasion and celebrate what is uniquely New Orleans.”

Patrons who attend Lundi Gras on the Mississippi may enjoy libations and bites for purchase from local food vendors while listening to a line-up of some of New Orleans’ most beloved local musicians scheduled throughout the day. No ice chests, skateboards, bicycles, pets, or glass are allowed on Spanish Plaza during event.


Lundi Gras on the Mississippi

WHEN: February 28 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Spanish Plaza
Along the River between The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Canal Street Ferry Terminal 2 Canal Street

SCHEDULE: Music & Entertainment line-up:

  • 12:10 PM | Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
  • 2:10 PM | Young Pinstripe Brass Band
  • 4:15 PM | Cowboy Mouth
  • 6:00 PM | Arrival of Rex: King of Carnival
  • 6:20 PM | Fireworks display


Historically, Rex and his entourage have arrived in full regalia to the New Orleans riverfront to commence the celebration of Mardi Gras and proclaim his rule over the merriment of the holiday. The annual tradition evolved to establish its own official name, “Lundi Gras,” or “Fat Monday,” in 1987. After several years of arriving by train, the King of Carnival will revive the historical tradition of arriving by boat.

Upon arrival, Rex will greet visitors who gather at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza to watch Mayor LaToya Cantrell, the King of Zulu and other local dignitaries celebrate the ceremonial start to Mardi Gras. Mayor Cantrell will hand over the key to the city to Rex and salute the two monarchs as they give their proclamations for this year’s festivities, followed by an extravagant firework display.