Lundi Gras translates to Fat Monday in French. It is the day before Mardi Gras day (Fat Tuesday), every year. It is also known as Shrove Monday. The day is full of revelry and celebration.
The day became significant in 1874 when Rex arrived by riverboat at the New Orleans riverfront. The tradition was brought back in 1987, when the King of Zulu and Rex met via riverboat along Spanish Plaza and Woldenberg Park. The Mayor of New Orleans greets the two monarchs and gives them a key to the city for Mardi Gras Day.
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club hosts a Lundi Gras Festival leading up to the royal arrivals. Also, throughout the city, festive lunches and events take place, including walking parades and LGBT celebrations.