Orpheus monarchs Ron White, Lisa Vanderpump size up Carnival

Orpheus monarchs Ron White, Lisa Vanderpump size up Carnival

Ever since Grand Duke Alexus in the 19th century, Mardi Gras has attracted a large number of celebrities. This year is no exception, and Orpheus will include a stacked lineup for its parade and post-parade ball, the Orpheuscapade.

"God brought his hand down on the sky and blessed New Orleans," said comedian Ron White, a founding member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.

He's in New Orleans for tonight's Krewe of Orpheus.

"The culture of this city embraces the kind of behavior I like," he said. "I never get bored in New Orleans."

White is a comedian from Fritch, Texas, with a glass of bourbon in one hand and tongue firmly in cheek.

"I'm going to be able to drink all night," he said. "I drank so much in my life, on my driver's license there's a list of organs I need."

His wife will also sing at tonight's Orpheuscapade.

"Never a dull moment - laughing all night," said Margo Rey.

The mayor offered a weather report.

"I want y'all to listen up. Bob Breck says it's going to rain, so it's not," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.

Not only is one of the biggest stars in comedy here, but Orpheus will also feature one of the biggest stars in reality television. Lisa Vanderpump of Vanderpump Rules will rule as an Orpheus monarch.

"Mardi Gras and New Orleans - it's an incredible experience to be here," she said.

Vanderpump is also a restaurant owner and designer who knows a little about New Orleans food.

"We have gumbos in our restaurants, absolutely," she said. "I have a great affinity for the city and its food with the French Quarter here."

Also on tap is singer Elizabeth Lyons, who dates New Orleanian William Reilly.

"It means so much, to see all the tradition," she said.

Tonight's headliner is country music star Dierks Bentley.

"My buddy Luke Bryan was here, told me how much fun. I couldn't be more honored," Bentley said.

All the elements are in place for the final 24-hour push.

"I'm going to party with you guys, and this will be delicious and fun," White said. "You guys are the best."

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