Lundi Gras in Kenner will kick off at 10:00 this morning weather permitting at historic Rivertown with a big party featuring food, fun, and music.
The highlight of Lundi Gras is the noon arrival and meeting of the royal courts of the Krewe of Argus of Metairie and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club of New Orleans.
Both organizations parade on Mardi Gras Day before thousands of spectators.
"Argus usually arrives first and Zulu shortly thereafter," says Kenner's Mayor Michael S. Yenni. "I introduce the kings and queens of each organization to one another other, and we escort them inside to a small VIP patron party and a press conference. And that's where King Argus and Zulu both talk and introduce their queens."
The mayor and the Kenner City Council will be on hand to officially toast and welcome the Carnival royalty to Kenner. Argus royalty includes Raymond J. Brandt, King Argus XXIX, and his queen, Lydia L. Netterville. Zulu royalty are King Cedric G. Givens and his queen, Monica V. Givens.
Yenni says he expects that ceremony will take place even if it's raining. The public festivities could be threatened by the weather.
The center of the activity will be in the parking lot at 400 Williams Boulevard across from the Rivertown Exhibition Hall if the weather does hold. Local vendors will man booths selling food, refreshments, and crafts.
David Batiste and Sons are scheduled to take the stage at 11:30 a.m. and play until 3:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event which has been held annually in Kenner since 1999.