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Orpheus - Lundi Gras
Orpheus - Lundi Gras
Orpheus - Lundi Gras
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Lundi Gras

The day before Mardi Gras Day is full of tradition and fun

What is Lundi Gras?

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. 

Photo courtesy of the Rex Organization
The Meeting of Rex and Zulu - Lundi Gras

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. 

On Lundi Gras night, Proteus, the second oldest parading krewe, and Orpheus, which is known for its extravagantly lit floats, take to the streets. For a full list of Lundi Gras events, see below.

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