NEW ORLEANS - Two popular Carnival krewes are adding some more star power – and in one case, culinary star power – to their parades, with new announcements Tuesday about grand marshals and celebrity guests.
Chef and restaurant owner Susan Spicer, of Bayona and Mondo, will reign as grand marshal of the all-female Krewe of Nyx, when it rolls on Wednesday, Feb. 26 on the Uptown route. Krewe leaders say Spicer’s culinary talents and fame, along with her community spirit and civic activism, made her a natural choice to lead their parade.
On Tuesday, the Krewe of Orpheus also announced more celebrities for its Lundi Gras parade. Actor John Schneider, best known as Bo Duke on the TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” has been named a grand marshal of the parade. He’ll join filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who is also joining Orpheus as a celebrity monarch for the 2014 parade.
Schneider is currently writer/director of the soon-to-be-released film "Smothered" and star of OWN Networks "The Haves and The Have Nots." He will be honored along with James Roday, the star of USA Networks Psych and one of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People.
Orpheus, founded by singer Harry Connick Jr., will also be paying tribute to honorary grand marshal Fats Domino, represented by his son, Antoine Domino, Jr. The legendary musician’s son will be playing his father’s music live on a special piano-equipped float. The Dixie Cups will also be recognized on the Krewe’s famous Dolly Trolley and Orpheus’ 2014 Musical Legend, Coco Robichaux, will be represented on the Krewe’s doubloons.