Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries stars join Underwood in Endymion
Dave Cohen Reporting
The Krewe of Endymion has announced more celebrities taking part in the celebration.
In addition to Grammy winner Carrie Underwood performing at the Endymion Extravaganza, Norman Reedus from "The Walking Dead" and Ian Somerhalder from "Vampire Diaries" will lead the parade as co-Grand Marshals.
The super krewe hits the streets on Saturday, March 1st. The parade ends with the Extravaganza in the Superdome.
Here is the full release from the krewe:
Endymion founder and Captain, Ed Muniz, announced celebrity riders and performers for Mardi Gras' Main Event, the Krewe of Endymion Parade & Extravaganza! Endymion rolls on the streets and into the Superdome on Saturday March 1st.
Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead and Ian Somerhalder from Vampire Diaries will lead the parade as co-Grand Marshals while Country Music's Reigning Queen, Carrie Underwood will headline the Extravaganza!
Kicking it all off, America's largest neighborhood block party is Saturday, March 1st at noon as Samedi Gras features area favorites the Topcats, Groovy 7 and The Bucktown All Stars! Endymion rolls after Samedi Gras at 4:30 on the traditional Mid-City route!
Carrie Underwood will headline the Extravaganza. Carrie is a multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and actress who won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She has won six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and ten Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year twice! She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Underwood became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
She is the biggest American Idol earner and the fourth biggest album seller of the past ten years. She has sold more than 30 million singles and 16 million albums worldwide. No other female country artist has more number one hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and was the top-ranked female artist on Billboard's Best Country Artists of the 2000 Decade list.
Norman Reedus will lead Endymion through the streets of New Orleans! Norman is best known for his portrayal of Murphy McManus in the Boondock Saints films. Norman currently stars as Daryl Dixon in television's most watched series, The Walking Dead. He has also directed several videos and modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus and Morgenthal Fredrics.
Ian Somerhalder will lead Endymion as a co-Grand Marshal! Ian is a "local boy" from Covington! He is best known for playing Boone Carlyle in the TV drama Lost and Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries.
Ian helped clean oiled wildlife and taped public service announcements after the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling disaster in 2010. He also supports the St. Tammany Humane Society and the Trevor Project.
This year's theme is "An Evening at the Opera" and will feature floats depicting Madame Butterfly, Rigoletto, Phantom of the Opera, Pagliacci and many more! The Wise Guys and Groovy 7 will join Carrie Underwood and Party on the Moon at the Endymion Extravaganza!
The Endymion Extravaganza is always a sell-out. For more information, call (504) 736-0160.