Rex And King Zulu Unite To Welcome Mardi Gras 2018

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Rex and King Zulu unite to welcome Mardi Gras 2018

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Rex and Zulu met on Lundi Gras 2018
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By Doug MacCash

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

It was an only-at-Mardi Gras sight. A Coast Guard cutter parallel parked on the French Quarter riverfront a little before 5 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 12) afternoon. On its deck, amidst the dutiful sailors, stood the fantastical feathered entourage of the 2018 king of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

The king, Brent D. Washington Sr., and his queen, Troye Madison Washington, adorned in red and gold royal costumes, stepped ashore to be greeted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu, this year's Zulu parade grand marshal, director Spike Lee, and a cheering crowd. As a chilly breeze blew across the Woldenberg Park wharf, and brass band music filled the air, the Mardi Gras royalty made their way to a stage in the center of the Lundi Gras Festival, which had been going on most of the day.

Along the way, a reporter asked King Washington if a kid from the Ninth Ward could ever hope to become King Zulu. Washington said that it was certainly possible, because he had grown up in the Ninth Ward himself.

Roughly an hour later, a chartered train car rumbled to a stop behind the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, not far from the site of Zulu's arrival. A pair of costumed trumpeters at the rear of the car blew a note of tribute, and Rex 2018, the King of Carnival, appeared in a bejeweled crown, to greet his subjects.

This year's king, Poco Sloss, made his way to an outdoor stage where a huge crowd awaited. He stood beside Mayor Landrieu, Mayor Elect LaToya Cantrell and other dignitaries. After a few minutes, King Zulu arrived to join the celebration.

It is the custom of Rex to call on the city to suspend government, business, and  school in order to celebrate properly on Tuesday. Which he did. Mayor Landrieu happily conceded the city over to Rex, symbolically handing him a golden key. Then Rex 2018 added a few other promises of his own.

 

"Look at this, the key to the city," Rex said. "I'm going to open every door. All the beer will flow freely to the people over 21, all the kids will be out of school, everybody's going to catch a lot of beads, it's going to be a great, great day."

All hail Rex and King Zulu!

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