Krewe of Orpheus announces 2013 plans

Published: Dec. 6, 2012 at 4:35 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM CST
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New Orleans, La. - The Krewe of Orpheus has announced its plans for Mardi Gras 2013.

At a Thursday news conference, Krewe Captain Sonny Borey surprised krewe members when he revealed that co-founder Harry Connick, Jr. has written an original song in honor of the Krewe's 20th anniversary.

Krewe members will throw a new Orpheus commemorative LED necklace that plays the new song's chorus during the spectacular parade. The parade will feature a nostalgic look back at all of the Krewe's parade themes from the past 20 years.

Another specialty throw will be a doubloon featuring the Krewe's 2013 Musical Legend, "Uncle" Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, vocalist, and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band. Batiste died July 8, 2012.

Leading the festivities and parade with Harry Connick, Jr. are other Celebrity Monarchs including star of the CBS hit show CSI New York, Gary Sinise; Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews; Animal Planet's Tillman the skateboarding bulldog; and returning monarchs, Law & Order SVU's Mariska Hargitay , and The Imagination Movers.