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.
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.
When we got close to the staging area for the Rex landing we split off and I covered part of the Zulu ceremonies.
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.
So while Captain Brian was shooting the Rex King landing, I had the pleasure of listening to some neat speeches at the Zulu party.
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.