02/15/2012 01:25 PM
BATON ROUGE – New Orleans’ annual Mardi Gras celebration will once again have an LSU flare, as the LSU Tiger Marching Band, Golden Girls and Colorguard will perform as part of the 131st annual parade for Rex, King of Carnival.
With a theme of “Lore of the Ancient Americas,” the 27 floats of the 2012 annual Rex parade will roll at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, through the streets of uptown New Orleans. The Rex procession travels the traditional uptown parade route, beginning at the intersection of Napoleon and South Claiborne Avenues and traveling down St. Charles Avenue, through Lee Circle and looping around on Canal Street, weather permitting. The parade is presented by the Rex Organization, also known as The School of Design.
“The Golden Band from Tigerland” last participated in the Rex parade in 2008. This year, it will precede the new permanent “Butterfly King” float, the fifth float in the parade.
“The LSU Tiger Band is honored to represent Louisiana State University in New Orleans, across the state and on the world stage as part the 2012 Mardi Gras season,” said Roy King, director of athletic bands at LSU. “LSU has a proud marching band tradition, and we are honored to be part of such a revered history as the Rex parade. The Tiger Band is prepared to add its flair to that history as the parade winds through the city streets on Carnival morning, from Uptown to the Gallier Hall reviewing stands and the other pivotal moments along the way, saluting the LSU fans throughout the great city of New Orleans.”
Since the founding of the Rex Organization in 1872, its traditions have helped define Mardi Gras. Celebrated as the King of Carnival, Rex’s proclamation invites his subjects to the grand celebration each year. His royal colors of purple, green and gold are to this day the colors of Mardi Gras, and the song played in the first Rex parade, “If Ever I Cease to Love,” has become Carnival’s anthem. Rex and his queen preside over the Rex Ball, Carnival’s glittering conclusion.
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012