Zulu Route

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by WWLTV.com

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Posted on January 6, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 5:09 AM

A Fat Tuesday favorite, Zulu will once again get things rolling on Mardi Gras, with a cast of characters all its own (most in blackface and grass skirts, a Zulu tradition).  This year’s King is Garren Mims and his Queen is his wife Georgette Lang Mims.  This year the parade will pay special tribute to South African president Nelson Mandela.  Founded in 1916, and organized by the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Zulu is known for handing out its decorated coconuts, perhaps Carnival's most prized throw. Look for the "hierarchy" of officials, members elected to positions like "Witch Doctor," "Big Shot," "Ambassador," and "Province Prince.”  The krewe has also become known for its annual Lundi Gras festival on the Riverfront, on the Monday before Mardi Gras.  Check out the krewe web site for lots more Zulu history and photos. 

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