Family invites public to attend services for Big Chief Bo Dollis

Family invites public to attend services for Big Chief Bo Dollis

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The family of the late Big Chief Bo Dollis invites the community to attend his funeral services.

The visitation is Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the Carver Theater on Orleans Avenue and will be open to the public.

Theodore Emile Dollis had paraded with some other tribes, but rose to the rank of Indian Chief with the Wild Magnolias in 1964.

Dollis' accomplishments went beyond appearances on Mardi Gras. He ventured into music, appearing at the first New Orleans Jazz & Heritage festival with Monk Boudreaux. They would go on to collaborate on the Mardi Gras classic "Handa Wanda" a short time later. More musical successes followed and in 2011 the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a National Heritage Fellowship.

Funeral services will be held in the Xavier University Convocation Center Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by a traditional Mardi Gras Indian procession.

In a statement, his widow, Laurita "Queen Rita" Dollis says, "Bo would have truly appreciated how the community has come together to remember him, and I can't thank everyone enough for the kind words and works that they have given in preparation for these services. It will be a great day of celebration and mourning."

Big Chief Bo Dollis died Jan. 20. He was 71 years old.

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