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Lundi Gras kicks off with meeting of King Argus, King Zulu

King Argus 2016: Michael Hollis (FOX 8) King Argus 2016: Michael Hollis (FOX 8)
King Zulu 2016 - Jay Banks (FOX 8) King Zulu 2016 - Jay Banks (FOX 8)
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Lundi Gras festivities are in full swing out at Rivertown in Kenner. Dozens of people lined up for a carnival greeting that has grown into a big tradition upriver.

This is the first of several meetings taking place Monday as the ceremony of Carnival takes precedence over the actual parade.

King Argus, Michael Hollis, and his queen arrived around 11 a.m. Their limousines cleared, then King Zulu, Jay Banks arrived with his queen and court. The two carnival monarchs exchanged pleasantries then spoke briefly about what this day means to them.

"Thank God for this beautiful weather, this is a dream of a lifetime. My father was King Argus 25 years ago," Hollis said.

"I'm looking forward to it. I talked to the witch doctor, this will be the best Zulu ever," Banks said.

Both monarchs have long histories with their organizations, making the ride extra special.

After a brief reception they then second-lined hear to the Rivertown festival ground where there were more toasts and a big party featuring food and the Topcats, which should last into the afternoon.

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