NEW ORLEANS The Carnival countdown on Lundi Gras continues to grow each year, with lots more live music and events planned along the Mississippi River on Monday.
The day includes riverfront celebrations by Rex and Zulu and a midday event in Kenner's Rivertown featuring the ceremonial meeting of Zulu and Argus monarchs.
The Kenner events begin at 10 a.m., with live music from the band Groovy 7 beginning at 11 a.m., near where Williams Blvd. meets the Mississippi River. At noon, the courts of Zulu and Argus arrive for their traditional meeting. Food, refreshments and crafts will be available for sale as well.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand is this year's Argus king. His queen is Ashlee Krantz. The 2012 Zulu king is Elroy James. His queen is Dr. Tanyanika Phillips.
While King and Queen Zulu are in Kenner, their own Lundi Gras party will be going strong along the New Orleans Riverfront. The 20th annual event begins at 11 a.m. at Woldenberg Park.
This year the music will continue until 8 p.m. this year. Live entertainment will come from a lineup of local favorites including Rockin' Dopsie Jr., James Andrews, Bag of Donuts, Big Al Carson and others.
Zulu's honorary grand marshals this year are former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial and former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, who are scheduled to appear. King and Queen Zulu will arrive by boat at 5 p.m.
An hour later, Rex and his entourage will arrive at Spanish Plaza, for the 26th Lundi Gras celebration at Riverwalk.Rex revived its tradition of a riverfront arrival in 1987 at Spanish Plaza.
The free outdoor concert begins at 3 p.m. with John 'Papa' Gros and the Krewe du Karnival, followed at 4:25 p.m. by Shamarr Allen.
At 6 p.m., Rex will arrive, and his identity will be revealed to the public. He will be greeted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other dignitaries. As is tradition, Rex will ask the mayor to turn over control of the city to Rex for Mardi Gras. Whether the mayor answers yes is always the question.
That will be followed by a huge fireworks display and more music from the Topcats.
And of course while all the action is going on along the riverfront, there is also a full slate of parades. Proteus and Orpheus will roll on the Uptown route and this year, the Krewe of Tucks, which was rained-out on Saturday, will roll at 3 p.m., before both krewes.