Lundi Gras On The Mississippi Returns With Cowboy Mouth, Bonerama, Big Sam's Funky Nation
NEW ORLEANS – On Monday, February 8, 2016, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk®, a development of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC) will once again celebrate Carnival with Lundi Gras on the Mississippi.
The public event will feature live music, fireworks, local food vendors and the official arrival of Rex, King of Carnival to the Mardi Gras festivities. Rex, King of Carnival, and his entourage will arrive at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza aboard elegantly decorated vintage railroad cars.
In addition to the festivities beginning earlier than in previous years, this year’s event boasts several new features, including the addition of a fourth band, Cowboy Mouth, to the entertainment line-up. The legendary New Orleans rock group’s Lundi Gras performance will also be filmed as part of a reality television show. Afterwards, for the first time in history, Rex will arrive at the Poydras Street entrance, as opposed to Canal Street.
Upon arrival, Rex will greet the thousands of visitors that have traditionally gathered at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza to watch Mayor Mitch Landrieu, other dignitaries and Rex celebrate Lundi Gras.
For many years, revelers witnessed The King of Carnival’s arrival aboard the Royal Yacht (a Coast Guard cutter). However, since 2015, the event has added a dash of historical perspective by recreating scenes previously witnessed in the late 1880s when Rex chose to arrive by train rather than by river.
The 2016 Lundi Gras on the Mississippi entertainment schedule is as follows:
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cha Wa Mardi Gras Indian Funk Band
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Big Sam's Funky Nation
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bonerama
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Cowboy Mouth
6:00 p.m. Arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, Rex meets Zulu, Mayor Landrieu turns over keys to the city
Lundi Gras on the Mississippi at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza is a free music event for attendees of all ages. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No ice chests, skateboards, bicycles, pets or glass are allowed on Spanish Plaza during events.
The 2016 Lundi Gras on the Mississippi event sponsors include: Bud Light, WWL-TV, New Orleans Magazine, Pyrotecnico, Fast Signs and Messina’s.