Orpheus' celebrity monarchs look forward to krewe's 25th ride

Harry Connick Jr., Jaimie Alexander talk to WWL's Newell Normand about tonight's parade

Chris Miller
February 12, 2018 - 2:41 pm

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The Krewe of Orpheus celebrates a milestone tonight in New Orleans: it's 25th parade since it debuted as the city's newest super-krewe in 1994. Krewe co-founder Harry Connick Jr. will be joined this year by comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key and actress Jaimie Alexander as celebrity participants.

"What's interesting about finding people to be celebrity monarchs in Orpheus is you have to take into account what the experience actually is, and you sort of have to make a judgment call in terms of what you think they'll be able to do," Connick explained. "It's not for everyone. It's for everyone to go to Mardi Gras, but to be on a float and to sort of wave to everyone and do all of that stuff, it takes a certain personality type."

Harry Connick, Jr. talks Orpheus

Connick said it wouldn't be any fun for anyone if the celebrity crashed midway through the parade and couldn't keep that energy up. That's why he's excited to have Michael-Key and Alexander along with them.

"You have to be game, and you have to be energetic and enthusiastic," said Connick. "Jaimie and Keegan both are just terrific people and they are so fired up about it, man, I can't even believe it."

Alexander said this is her first Mardi Gras, and she can't wait.

Orpheus Monarch Jaimie Alexander celebrates her first Mardi Gras

"I've always wanted to experience Mardi Gras, so when Harry called me and asked me if I would want to come down and do this, I jumped at it, of course," she said. "Both him and Keegan are amazing, amazing people and they're just a really fun group to be a part of."

Alexander said she's been in New Orleans before, but for nothing like this.

"I've worked here in New Orleans before and I also attended the Super Bowl one year here, so I love it hear, and to also now get to be on a float and represent a female presence here in the city, I am extremely honored."

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