Many years ago King Rex refused to acknowledge the rival Krewe of Zulu that rolled ahead of it on Mardi Gras day; but not anymore.
Now Rex and Zulu are friendly rivals; and every Lundi Gras the monarchs of both Krewes meet for a toast at Spanish Plaza.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter takes us to the tradition along the Riverfront.
It was a highly anticipated meeting with much fanfare.
King Zulu and his entourage met face to face King Rex and his loyal subjects.
Supporters of the two super Krewes gathered along with city leaders and dignitaries for the annual Lundi Gras tradition at Spanish Plaza.
“I want to welcome all the people to the city of New Orleans as we prepare for a great Mardi Gras season,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Hundreds listened as the King of Carnival read his proclamation suspending all commercial endeavors for a day; and that’s not all.
“Let the children of the realm be freed from their studies and permitted to participate in the pageantry,” Rex said.
“I’d like to say congratulations to King Rex 2014; and I pray that you have a safe and memorable ride tomorrow,” Zulu said. “I also talked to our Zulu Witch Doctor and we want to have good weather tomorrow.” “Thanks to all.”
Pageantry aside, people who attended the ceremony say the meeting of Rex and Zulu has a deeper meaning.
“I think it’s important because we all need unity and if you can get them all collaborating together you can’t beat it,” Lisa Walker said.
“I’ve never seen that before that was a good experience for me so,” Meggy Trepagnier said.
Mayor Landrieu ceremoniously turned over the key to the city, and launched the official start of Mardi Gras.
Despite the cold, the crowd began to party.
“It’s freezing, I left cold and I’m here and it’s cold,” Walker said. “But I’ll deal with it.” Trotter asked, “Making the best of it? Yes I am,” Walker replied.
“I wish it was warmer like yesterday but we’re having a great time out here so,” Trepagnier said.
The Krewe of Zulu is set to parade from Uptown at 8 o’clock Mardi Gras morning; followed by the Krewe of Rex at 10am.