Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- Rex, the king of Carnival, has begun his 24-hour reign in New Orleans.

Rex got off the dock promptly at 6 p.m. to all the pomp and circumstance befitting a visiting monarch -- the monarch of merriment that is.

Rex arrived alongside the Riverwalk on the Coast Guard cutter Harry Claiborne with his honored guests. Among them is former California governor and Sen. Pete Wilson.

Rex made a few statements and received the keys to the city from Mayor Mitch Landrieu on stage at Spanish Plaza.

Rex 2014 is Jack Laborde, one of the men responsible for the parades that have rolled on the streets for the past decade, as parade chairman.

Laborde is a businessman who has spent decades in the oil and gas industry. He is president of All Aboard Development Corp., a New Orleans-based oil and gas exploration and development firm. Laborde is also chairman of the board of Gulf Island Fabrication.

His queen is Carroll Irene Gelderman. She is currently a film studies major at Columbia University.

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