Celebrities at Mardi Gras – Ranking the Ride

Will Ferrell as King Bacchus 2012
Will Ferrell as King Bacchus 2012

Every year in New Orleans there are Celebrity Grand Marshalls, Monarchs, and Kings of the Parade and a few that go along for the ride.

Harry Connick Jr. and Mariska Hargitay in Orpheus 2013
Harry Connick Jr. and Mariska Hargitay in Orpheus 2013

This year’s riders along for the ride included Orpheus FounderHarry Connick Jr who is ranked at 1,155 on IMDB Professional and is known for his roles on “Will and Grace” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as well as being a top musical talent.

John Schneider smiles at celebrants as a Monarch of Orpheus
John Schneider smiles at celebrants as a Monarch of Orpheus

John Schneider rode as one of the Monarchs of the Orpheus Parade and ranks at 1,881.  He is best known for his work on “The Dukes of Hazzard, “Smallville, and, coming soon – “Smothered.”

James Roday dancing while he throws to the cheering crowd
James Roday dancing while he throws to the cheering crowd

James Roday also rode as one of the Monarchs of the Orpheus Parade and ranks at 1,551 on IMDB.  He is best known for is work as a writer, producer, director, and actor on the show “Psych.”

Hugh Laurie rode as King Bacchus this year and ranks at 1,411 in his celebrity status.  He is best known for his roles on “House“, as “Bertie Wooster“, as well as being one heck of a musician!

Quentin Tarantino in the Orpheus Parade
Quentin Tarantino in the Orpheus Parade

Quentin Tarantino also rode in the Orpheus Parade and is more well known by name than face, as he has written, directed, and produced some top films including “Kill Bill“, “Pulp Fiction“, “Inglorious Basterds“, “Reservoir Dogs” Quentin Tarantino.  He has also been in a number of movies as an actor and ranks in celebrity status at 226.

Ian Somerhalder visits Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall
Ian Somerhalder visits Mayor Landrieu at Gallier Hall

Ian Somerhalder road as Co-Grand Marshal in the Endymion parade and ranks at 186 in celebrity status.  He is best known for his work in “Vampire Diaries“, “Lost“, and “Smallville.”

Norman Reedus at Gallier Hall
Norman Reedus at Gallier Hall

Norman Reedus tops out the celebrity ranks at 73 and road as Co-Grand Marshal in the Endymion parade. He is best known for his roles in “Boondock Saints” and “The Walking Dead” and is a frequent guest at the Wizard World Comic Conventions and can be seen at their next con, this weekend in Sacramento.

Orpheus Monarch, John Schneider with Mayor Mitch Landrieu
Orpheus Monarch, John Schneider with Mayor Mitch Landrieu

While not one of the parade royalty, Mayor Mitch Landrieu deserves an honorable mention as riding with John Schneider in the Orpheus Parade and he ranks in at 468,247 in celebrity status for his work as Himself in interviews, documentaries, and music.

Don’t take it too hard on only getting an honorable mention, Mayor Landrieu.  The writer of this article, John N Collins only ranks at 3,714,415 on IMDB and is mainly known for presenting the “Best Science Fiction Feature” Award at Hollywood’s Shriekfest for the past two years.

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