LSU Sophomore Named Queen Zulu 2019, Golden Band from Tigerland to March in Zulu Parade Mardi Gras Day

Kailyn Rainey is first Queen Zulu from LSU

Queen Zulu Kailyn Rainey02/11/2019
BATON ROUGE – LSU sophomore Kailyn Rainey will serve as Queen Zulu 2019 and the Golden Band from Tigerland will join her to march on Mardi Gras day in the Zulu parade in New Orleans. Kailyn is the first LSU student to be selected as Queen Zulu in the parade’s long and colorful history.

Per Zulu tradition, Rainey made her official arrival as the queen-elect during a celebration on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Rainey was selected as queen by King-elect George B. Rainey, Kailyn’s grandfather.

Zulu runs on Tuesday, March 5, at 8 a.m. in Uptown New Orleans. Zulu begins at S. Claiborne and Jackson Avenue and concludes on Broad Street.

Kailyn, a native of New Orleans, is majoring in finance at LSU. She a member in LSU’s Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants. She currently serves her community by participating in various school supply drives, and feeding the homeless events. Following in her family's footsteps of entrepreneurship, Kailyn aspires to one day have a business of her own.

After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, Kailyn would like to get a master’s degree in business administration and possibly attend law school, as she has spent the last three summers as a student worker in the chambers of the Honorable Judge Edwin Lombard and Judge Paula Brown in the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Kailyn would like to humbly give a special thank you to her grandfather George V. Rainey and the members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Inc. for giving her an experience of a lifetime. She will continue to honor the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Inc.’s traditions as she reigns as Queen Zulu 2019.

Kailyn said she is looking forward to representing the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Inc.’s prestigious history, the City of New Orleans, Lundi Gras and the unforgettable ride on Mardi Gras Day.

The Zulu organization is proud of its standing in the local community, but also takes pride in its national and international standing. The Zulu organization has been the subject of numerous television documentaries and newsprint and magazine articles. King Zulu 1949 Louis Armstrong graced the pages of Time Magazine that year. The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club Inc. is the everyman club. The membership is composed of men from all walks of life–from laborers, city mayor, city councilmen, and state legislators, to United States congressman, educators, and men of other professions. Zulu’s history is illustrious and at times colorful, and could fill volumes. For more information, visit

The LSU Tiger Marching Band is the largest and most visible single organization on campus with a closed membership of 325 students. Recognized nationally for its outstanding achievements by the John Philip Sousa Foundation in 2002, the Tiger Band is comprised of students from all over the LSU campus.

To learn more about the LSU Tiger Marching Band, Golden Girls and Colorguard, visit the LSU Department of Bands website at


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