Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) is a series of Shrove Monday events that take place on the day before Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) at Woldenberg Park.
Although Rex first arrived at the riverfront by boat on the day before Mardi Gras in 1874, the term Lundi Gras was not widely used until 1987 when the arrival was brought back as part of a series of river-related events sponsored by the Riverwalk. At that time, The King of the Zulu joined Rex in the event. Now it’s a Carnival tradition for the Mayor of New Orleans to salute the two monarchs and turn over symbolic control of the city for the following day.
Today Lundi Gras is a chance to hear great music on three stages, enjoy wonderful food and drink, and get an up-close look at Zulu characters like Big Shot, the Witch Doctor, and Mr. Big Stuff. Past entertainers have include the Rebirth Brass Band, Zulu Ensemble, The New Orleans Mystics and the Ladies of Soul, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisiers, and Amanda Shaw.