Spanish Plaza construction not stopping Rex revelry

Updated: Feb. 12, 2018 at 7:56 AM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Although construction caused the Rex celebration to move locations this year, it is not stopping Lundi Gras revelers from celebrating.

Rex is moving its Lundi Gras celebration from Spanish Plaza to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's Julia St. entrance.

Spanish Plaza is currently undergoing renovations.

Rex will arrive on "elegantly decorated vintage railroad cars," according to a press release. It says the celebration is particularly special because of the city's Tricentennial.

"Every year it gets more and more special," said Laura Gursevsky. "Rex is arriving by train this year, and he will walk through the Riverwalk portal to the stage."

The Lundi Gras celebration at the Riverwalk is free and open to the public. It will feature live music from Cowboy Mouth and Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, food and drinks, and a fireworks show over the Mississippi River.

Gursevsky said this year's firework show will have double the fireworks for the Tricentennial.

"It is going to be great, it is a great event," Gursevsky said.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu will hand the keys to the city over to Rex, who declares Fat Tuesday a day of fun and revelry.

The event starts Monday at 2 p.m. Lynes R. "Poco" Sloss, Rex King of Carnival, will arrive at 6 p.m.

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