Endymion founder, former Kenner mayor Ed Muniz dead at 83
KENNER, La. (WVUE) - Former Kenner mayor Ed Muniz, who founded the Krewe of Endymion and captained its growth into New Orleans’ largest Carnival organization, has died at age 83, Endymion president Dan Kelly confirmed to Fox 8 on Saturday (May 20).
Muniz founded the parade organization in 1966 and supervised its growth into a giant with more than 3,100 masked riders.
Muniz’s son-in-law -- Darryl d’Aquin -- later issued a statement that said, “Our family’s hearts are broken by the loss of this incredible man, who always had a vision in whatever he did. His love of broadcasting, politics and Mardi Gras only pales in comparison to the love he had for his family and his wife of 58 years, Peggy.
“Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We will inform everyone on funeral arrangements when they become available.”
Muniz started his career in broadcasting in 1959 and was president of Phase II Broadcasting, which owned radio stations in six Southern states.
The Gentilly native also served 10 years on Kenner’s city council from 1980-90, was a Jefferson Parish councilman, and was elected Kenner’s mayor in 2006.
Krewe of Endymion founder honored with a statue on Delgado Community College campus
Just last Saturday, a 7-foot statue honoring Muniz was unveiled on the campus of Delgado Community College, near the Orleans Avenue spot where the Endymion parade begins.
Superdome officials also expressed condolences for Muniz’s death.
“The Endymion parade ending inside Caesars Superdome and the Extravaganza party that followed has had a major impact on Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” said Kyle M. France, Chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District. “He will be greatly missed, and our deepest condolences to the Muniz family.”
Doug Thornton, executive vice president of stadiums, arenas and theaters for ASM Global, said, “Ed loved the Superdome, and he always said it was the Dome that made Endymion such a great parade and set it apart from others. We look forward very much to having Endymion and the Extravaganza back home in Caesars Superdome once our building renovations are complete.”
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