NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The mayor second lined to the beat of Zulu to signal the start of carnival season. He moved with the band and crowd into Mardi Gras World to kickoff the city celebrations. The traditional venue of Gallier Hall is under renovation.
"Who we are as a people is very important and nothing establishes that more than Mardi Gras. That's where our best face is. We do it better than anybody else. it's such a joyful time for families and the community," the Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.
Thirty carnival Krewes were represented at the celebration of Kings Day and showed off signature throws. Rex Unveiled it's official proclamation and Zulu revealed it's poster by artist Terrance Osborne.
"Our parade theme this year is Zulu salutes our founding fathers," said Zulu President Naman Stewart. We are talking about the men more than 100 years ago that put this organization in the place it is today.
A new carnival krewe is rolling this season. The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. It was founded in 2013 by a group of African American women in New Orleans but includes women nationwide.
"We're coming. We're coming from Houston, from New York, from Atlanta..we are the new addition to Mardi Gras in New Orleans," said Gwendolyn Rainey the krewes new president. Some of the 300 plus members of Femme Fatale will hand out makeup compacts on the parade