Mardi Gras Parade


"The Mystick Krewe of Shangri-LA announce 2009 Grand Marshal for their French Quarter Stroll."

The Mystick Krewe of Shangri-LA announced Community Activists Murray & Gerri Valene as their 2009 Grand Marshall for their Stroll through the French Quarter. The Vespa Cycle Group will ride in formation at the beginning of the Stroll followed by the Warren Easton High School Band leading the numerous horse drawn carriages and the other members of the stroll including Angela Hill (Grand Marshall 2008) as a VIP rider.

There will be Paper Maiche walking figures, Jazz and Marching Bands & walking clubs like "The Shady Ladies" and the always popular Vayla Lion Dance Team. Shangri-LA will also have the St. Charles Street Car Band who has their very own small scale replica of a St. Charles Street Car! Beautiful Horse Drawn Carriages will ride the STROLL ROUTE with Queen Shangri-La XXXVI Mrs. Cindi S. Mistrot, her Duchesses, honored guest's and Imperial Children on Saturday, February 14, 2009 starting at 2:00pm.

The Stroll will make it's way through the French Quarter accompanied by a Live Band: "The Riverside Ramblers"

The Krewe of Shangri-LA will not be putting on a traditional parade this year. They will present their 3rd Annual Imperial Stroll for 2009.The Captain promises a more eloborate parade when it returns to the streets in 2010

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Never before has the history of the Mardi Gras celebration been looked at this way. Errol Laborde focuses on the first 60 years of the organized celebration in New Orleans, a period that bridges the premiere parade of the Mistick Krewe of Comus and the founding of the Zulu organization. Along the way he discovers fascinating characters; including a poetic journalist who survived a bloody attack, an archduke looking for fun and a would-be king finding religion. Laborde also links an African War with Custer¹s Last Stand and disproves some of the conventional wisdom about Carnival¹s early history. This is the most important contemporary book on early Carnival history. And it fun to read too.

about Errol Laborde
Errol Laborde is the Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. In that capacity he serves as Editor/Associate Publisher of New Orleans Magazine and Editor/ Publisher of Louisiana Life Magazine.He also oversees several other company publications, including St. Charles Avenue and New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles.

Laborde is producer and a regular panelist on Informed Sources, a weekly news discussion program broadcast on public television station WYES-TV, Channel 12.

Laborde's most recent books are Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu and Marched the Day God. a history of the Rex organization. He also wrote the text for a pictorial book, Mardi Gras- A Celebration and has published two compilations of his Streetcar local color columns, The Buzzard Wore A Tutu and I Never Danced With An Eggplant. BUY THE BOOK

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