Media Contacts:

Laura Gurievsky
The Howard Hughes Corporation

Jess Civello
504-949-3999, ext. 223

WHO: The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and Ernest M. Morial Convention Center in a special Tricentennial partnership                                       

WHAT:  This free and open to the public event features live music from Cowboy Mouth and Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters, food and drinks, and fireworks over the Mississippi River. The event culminates with the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, who greets thousands of visitors who have traditionally gathered along the river to watch the processions. Mayor Mitch Landrieu then takes the stage and hands over the keys to city to Rex, who declares Fat Tuesday a day of fun and revelry for all.

New this year, Rex and his entourage arrive at Riverwalk’s Julia Street Entrance (at Convention Center Blvd.) aboard elegantly decorated vintage railroad cars. The 2018 celebration is particularly special as the city marks its Tricentennial.

Sponsors include: New Orleans Tourism & Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), Fox 8 (WVUE-TV) and Fidelity Bank

WHEN:               Monday, February 12, 2018

2 – 6:30 p.m.

  • 2:15 p.m.            Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
  • 4:15 p.m.           Cowboy Mouth
  • 6:00 p.m.           Arrival of Rex, King of Carnival


WHERE:             Riverwalk’s Julia Street Entrance (at Convention Center Blvd.)

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

500 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans

Parking Information for Local and National Media

Media and satellite vehicles covering Lundi Gras will be assigned a designated parking spot in the Center-adjacent "Whale" Surface Lot, located at the corner of Convention Center Blvd. & Julia Street. Access to the designated parking area will be granted by a stationed security guard on the day of the event. Only one vehicle will be permitted per station. All credentialed media must pick up an access and parking pass no later than Friday, February 9 at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk Management Office (Level B – next to Kay Jewelers Outlet). Please call Laura Gurievsky at 504-256-7169 to pick up your pass in advance and to access the designated parking area on the day of the event.

Rex, King of Carnival, Media Opportunity Information

Rex, King of Carnival, will arrive at Riverwalk’s Julia Street Entrance via train at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 12. All media will be granted access to a designated area approximately 10 feet from the train’s door. Rex will be available for 2-3 minutes for media questions. For further information about this media opportunity, please contact Mark Romig at 504-284-8688.

About The Howard Hughes Corporation®

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 13 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit

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