Krewe of Orpheus Boogies into 20th Year


The Krewe of Orpheus will become immortalized in a song about its famous Smokey Mary float come Mardi Gras 2013. Krewe Captain Sonny Borey surprised krewe members and press when he revealed that co-founder Harry Connick, Jr. has written an original song in honor of the Krewe’s 20th anniversary.

Krewe members will throw a new Orpheus commemorative LED necklace that plays the new song’s chorus during the spectacular parade. The legendary parade, designed by Creative Director Derek Franklin, will feature a nostalgic look back at all of the Krewe’s parade themes from the past 20 years

Another specialty throw will be a doubloon featuring the Krewe’s 2013 Musical Legend, “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, the bass drummer, vocalist, and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band, who inspired music greats such as Kermit Ruffins. Batiste died July 8, 2012.

Leading the festivities and parade with Harry Connick, Jr. are other Celebrity Monarchs including star of the CBS hit show CSI New York, Gary Sinise; Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews; Animal Planet’s Tillman the skateboarding bulldog; and returning monarchs, Law & Order SVU’s Mariska Hargitay, and The Imagination Movers.

Harry Connick, Jr. will headline the 2013 Orpheuscapade lineup which includes Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band; Grammy nominated powerhouse Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue; Party Crashers, a smash with audiences at the 2012 event; and perennial New Orleans favorite Vince Vance and the Valiants.

In what has become a Mardi Gras tradition, Orpheus’ Celebrity Monarchs will toast the Bacchus parade from the balcony of the Astor Crowne Plaza at the Orpheus Captain’s Party on Sunday, February 10th.

For Krewe of Orpheus membership information, or ticket information about Orpheuscapade, call 504-822-7200 or visit Please contact the Krewe of Orpheus office (504) 822-7200 for photography or additional information.