NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Patients at Children's Hospital got a visit with royalty Saturday morning.
Bacchus king, J.K. Simmons dropped by to wish them a Happy Mardi Gras.
"It's very life-affirming and it's a beautiful thing and to see the kids and their families," Simmons said.
He's shot a couple of films in New Orleans, but this will be his first carnival.
"I've been very honored to be King Bacchus 50, the Golden Anniversary here. Wait till you see my golden king's outfit on the float tomorrow, it's quite a deal," Simmons said.
Despite the forecast for rain, Simmons is prepared to roll.
"I'm ready for it rain or shine. We'll see what happens. People have been telling me about this since the first time I came to New Orleans about ten years ago. The first movie I shot here and talking about all these parades and especially of course the Bacchus parade so I'm excited," Simmons said.
Patients like seven-year-old Dylan got to chat with Simmons while also getting a few doubloons.
"Growing up in Louisiana and growing up with Mardi Gras, it's a cool experience to be here for the crowning of Bacchus and just to be a part of something so traditional to Louisiana," Dylan's mother Alex Dishon said.
Dylan has five congenital heart defects, and his mom says experiences like this help him take his mind off of being a patient.
"They're so active and making it a fun experience for him to come here. It's not always something for a doctor's appointment," Dishon said.
Simmons will be rolling in Bacchus Sunday as the Krewe celebrates its golden anniversary.