Lords on Lundi Gras – Rex and the King of the Zulu parade

Lords on Lundi Gras the Kings of the Rex and Zulu parades on Lundi Gras - Photo by Captain Brian

Lords on Lundi Gras Rex and the king of the Zulu parade on Lundi Gras - Photo by Captain Brian

 

On Lundi Gras (Fat Monday, the Monday before Ash Wednesday) there is so much happening in New Orleans that I couldn’t pretend to cover it all myself.

For a couple months before Mardi Gras I had tried to set up to have some assistance in covering Mardi Gras this year but every time I thought I had something set, it would fall through.

To my pleasant surprise on Lundi Gras I had three additional photographers working with me.

The Coast Guard ship bringing the King of the Rex parade the New Orleans shore - Photo by Captain Brian

The Coast Guard ship bringing the King of the Rex parade the New Orleans shore - Photo by Captain Brian

So when Captain Brian said, “You have to go to see Rex (the King of the Rex Parade and in fact the King of all Carnival in New Orleans is known simply as Rex to folks in New Orleans) come in on the Coast Guard ship!” I left Herb shooting at Gallier Hall and went.

Seeing this fellow in this beautiful costume is what led me away from the Rex landing

Seeing this fellow in this beautiful costume is what led me away from the Rex landing

When we got close to the staging area for the Rex landing we split off and I covered part of the Zulu ceremonies.

The King of the Rex parade debarking from the Coast Guard ship - Photo by Captain Brian

The King of the Rex parade debarking from the Coast Guard ship - Photo by Captain Brian

Captain Brian went on and took photos of Rex coming in and I’d like to say that was part of a grand plan I had but, truth to tell, I lost him in the crowds and accidentally went left when he went right.

The Zulu presentations on Lundi Gras

The Zulu presentations on Lundi Gras

So while Captain Brian was shooting the Rex King landing, I had the pleasure of listening to some neat speeches at the Zulu party.

The ship arrives - Photo by Captain Brian

The ship arrives - Photo by Captain Brian

Captain Brian, being the nauty fellow that he is, was geeked about the ship, the Admiral there, and such.

I, on the other hand, had the pleasure of listening to former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, Marc Morial – president of the National Urban League, and a representative of Senator Mary Landrieu speaking at the Zulu presentation.

I have to admit that when I came upon the Zulu ceremonies I didn’t know who the people were but I am so glad I hit the video switch when Ambassador Andrew Young began to speak.

Andrew Young served as the U.S. Ambassador to the UN during President Jimmy Carter’s administration when, among other things, the peace treaty between Isreal and Egypt was signed.

I am still excited to have heard him speak.

For more photos from Mardi Gras and other recent New Orleans events including the Best of the Beat, Autorama – World of Wheels, and Wizard World Comic Convention check out our Photo Albums.

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Weird AKA John Collins

John N. Collins is a writer, photographer, game & coloring book designer and a bad dancer. Any resemblance to the King John character is merely a coincidence. Follow John N. Collins: Google Plus YouTube Facebook Fan Page Facebook Personal Account Instagram Twitter