Rex made his annual Mardi Gras proclamation Monday night at Woldenberg Park on the riverfront, alongside Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Mayor-elect Latoya Cantrell, both of whom heeded Rex's request to shut the city down and celebrate.
"That during the great celebration, all commercial endeavors be suspended throughout the realm, so that pleasure may rule both day and night.
That the children of the realm be freed from their studies and permitted to participate in the pageantry, that the mayor and the city council cease and desist from governance for this one great day, and join in the revelry!" Following his proclamation, King Zulu, Brent D.
Washington, Sr., made a special appearance on stage so the two krewe kings could toast and kick off the festivities.
Washington and his wife, Zulu Queen 2018 Troye Madison Washington, arrived at the riverfront on a U.S.