Mayor Mitch Landrieu along side Carnival Krewe Representatives officially opened Mardi Gras 2013 by cutting the first King Cake of Carnival
Carnival Season opened today with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu ceremoniously cutting the first King Cake of Mardi Gras 2013.
"We begin the Carnival Season. It is going to be a great, safe, and glorious time and we could not start it officially without taking a bite of a King Cake." Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a press conference at Gallier Hall after being led in to the ballroom by a second-line, led by the all-female brass band, the Pinettes.
Carnival Krewe leaders from Rex, Zulu, Orpheus, Muses, Morpheus and many more were on hand to ignite excitment about this season's Carnival. Zulu President Naaman Stewart presented Mayor Landrieu with a one-of-a-kind, ceramic Zulu "Coconut-Football". The ceramic football is decorated in the same traditional colors and glittery paint found on the rare and coveted Zulu coconut throws.
Carnival Season begins on January 6, known as "King Cake Day" and culminates on Mardi Gras Day, Tuesday Febuary 12.