Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS - What would Lundi Gras be without a second line, and the first one of the day took place in Kenner at the meeting of Zulu and Argus royalty. It's the start of the climax of Mardi Gras, and it is time to dance.
"I talked to the Witch Doctor on Saturday after the inclement weather, and he promised great weather on today and tomorrow," said King Zulu 2012 Elroy James.
"Let me also thank the Witch Doctor for rubbing those bones together," added King Argus XXVIII Sheriff Newell Normand.
It's the 13th year for what has become a Lundi Gras tradition, a ceremony that is also a festival.
This is such a pleasure, this whole event is, it's like the icing on the cake," smiled Queen Argus XXVIII Ashlee Krantz. "Can you believe you're Queen of Argus? No, I can't. It's undescribable."
"Whats' your message to all the criminals in Jefferson Parish tomorrow since you're wearing a crown and not a gun? I guess being both sheriff and king, it doesn't get any better than that," grinned Normand.
"Do I call you doctor, or your majesty? Both would be appropriate on today," said Queen Zulu 2012 Dr. Tanyanika Phillips. "How excited are you? Absolutely excited."
And there's a fairy tale ending for the Zulu royalty, since Elroy James and Tanyanika Phillips were only 13 years old when he told her he would be King of Zulu one day, and she would be his queen.
"He told you when you were 13 you'd be his queen. How much better is the reality than you ever dreamed? You know what ,actually it's a lot better," smiled Phillips.
"More than words can express," added James. "It's great. It's an honor to be standing here in Kenner representing our Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and meeting all the great people in Kenner. Has there ever been a better Zulu parade than what we'll see tomorrow? Never will be."
"Hail Zulu and Hail Argus," cried Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni as he made the official toast.