Blaine Kern, Sr. and son settle succession plan for Blaine Kern Artists, Inc.

Blaine Kern
Blaine Kern

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The first family of Mardi Gras floats works out an agreement for control and the future of Blaine Kern Artists, Inc.

A statement announcing the corporate succession plan says Barry Kern will continue as president and C.E.O.

It says Blaine Kern, Sr. "will continue his role as 'Mr. Mardi Gras' and international ambassador for Carnival."

The statement also addresses conflicts between father and son which flared in 2010 & 2011 when Barry Kern went to court fighting for control and alleged his father's lavish spending was threatening the company's financial stability.

" While there were some misunderstandings in the past, and regretfully things were said that should not have been, Barry and Blaine, with the help of Blaine's wife, Holly, made amends some time ago."

It characterizes this week's agreement as a formality, "a final step to move the company forward with a clear, mutually agreed upon vision."

Blaine Kern Artists, Inc. designs, builds and stages many of the region's largest carnival parades.

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