Orpheus Route

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by WWLTV.com

wwltv.com

Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 5:10 AM

As it enters its second decade, celebrating its 21st anniversary, Orpheus will also continue its tradition of packing as many familiar faces as it can onto its beautifully-designed floats.  This year’s celebrities include filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and the band Cheap Trick.  Fats Domino will also be honored, with a special float featuring his son (and his music).  Fats signed a limited edition Michael Hunt print honoring the krewe and music legend.  The super krewe, co-founded by native son Harry Connick Jr. back in 1993, has become a favorite on Lundi Gras.   Its classically-themed floats are elaborately-decorated, many featuring flowers, birds and other items that shimmy and shake as the floats move down the street.  Also, look for the signature Leviathan, Smokey Mary and Trojan Horse floats.  Some of the celebrities who have participated in Orpheus in years past include Cyndi Lauper, Patricia Clarkson, Whoopi Goldberg, Glenn Close, Sandra Bullock, Vanessa Williams, Dan Aykroyd and Stevie Wonder.  Check out the krewe’s web site for lots of photos and even video from past parades.  Once again this year the parade ends at the Morial Convention Center with the Orpheuscapade.

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