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Posted: Monday, 03 March 2014 6:26AM

Lundi Gras festivities kick off in Kenner

The first meeting of 2014 Mardi Gras royalty takes place today at Kenner's Rivertown.
The Zulu court will greet the court of Argus to get Lundi Gras events officially underway.

Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni says it's the 16th year the city will celebrate festivities leading up to Fat Tuesday.

The public, of course, is invited to attend the event, which begins at 10 a.m.

"And it's going to go all the way until 3 p.m. It's a free music event, and the music this year is by a great band, Groovy 7," says Yenni.

The band will be performing from 11:30 a.m., throughout the party. It all takes place in the big parking lot, across from the exhibition hall, on Williams Boulevard.

Mayor Yenni will greet the kings and queens of Argus and Zulu at noon.

"They're going to bring their courts to meet at our exhibition hall. We'll parade on over to the stand where Groovy 7 will be playing and give some proclamations and keys to the city out."

This year’s King Argus XXX is Elton M. Lagasse. His queen is Diana Lynn Netterville. The royalty for Zulu are King Garren Mims and his queen, Georgette Mims.

From there, the Zulu court then heads for Woldenberg Park for its big party on the river until 6 this evening.

"We're kind of the prequel to all the events that are to follow," says Yenni. "We kind of kick things off for Zulu, who will leave us and go down to New Orleans where they have their big festival down out the river. And then, Rex arrives later that night and Zulu goes and meets Rex at the Lundi Gras celebration they do downtown."

The 21st Annual Zulu Lundi Gras Festival will take place starting at 10 a.m. The festival will feature local, world-renowned and Grammy award winning entertainers performing on three stages. Kermit Ruffins, the Rebirth Brass Band, Amanda Shaw and Big Al Carson will be among the featured performers.


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