NEW ORLEANS — Today, Jan. 6, 2017, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, city officials and representatives from Carnival organizations welcomed the start of the 2017 Carnival season with the celebratory cutting of the king cake during “Kings Day.”
“Each year, we celebrate this centuries-old New Orleans tradition, and welcome people from across the world to participate in ‘the greatest free show on earth,’” said Mayor Landrieu. “The Carnival festivities would not be possible without the contributions of our public and private partners coming together to create a fun, clean, safe and welcoming environment for our visitors and residents alike. I’m excited to kick off Carnival today.”
The Mardi Gras celebration requires the large-scale coordination and several months of planning from multiple entities including the Mardi Gras parade krewes; City departments ranging from sanitation to property management; hospitality stakeholders from the hotel, restaurant and tourism industry; and local, state and national public safety agencies. Through this collaboration, all parties involved are able to maintain the tradition of the Mardi Gras season for the New Orleans community.
This Mardi Gras, the official toasting of Carnival royalty will again take place on the steps of Gallier Hall after the completion of repairs to the historic building’s façade.
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