KENNER, La. — There was a royal welcome on Sunday afternoon for this year's Queen Zulu.
This year's queen for the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is Kailyn Rainey. Following Zulu tradition, she was welcomed with a ceremony at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Kailyn's grandfather, George Rainey, is this year's Zulu King and together they're making organization history in 2019. Kailyn is the youngest woman chosen as Zulu Queen and her grandfather is the oldest elected Zulu King.
Kailyn is a graduate of St. Katharine Drexel Preparatory School and is a sophomore majoring in finance at LSU.
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The way was cleared for Rainey to reign as King Zulu amid the sexual misconduct scandal involving former Zulu president Namaan Stewart, despite losing to Stewart by six votes during elections in 2018.
Following their welcome party through the airport, Sunday evening krewe members and guests are celebrating at a party at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.