Get Ready to Rock with Endymion 2017
September 14 2016 | News
Mardi Gras super krewe Endymion will celebrate 2017 with hard rock, hip hop and disco, as KISS, Flo Rida, and KC and the Sunshine Band entertain at the annual Extravaganza after the Mid-City parade on February 25, the Saturday before Fat Tuesday.
Krewe founder Ed Muniz said that the Extravaganza entertainers are always invited to ride in the enormous parade, where they serve as celebrity grand marshals. Some accept the invitation. Some decline, fearful of ruining their voices in advance of their post-parade performances, or because riding in the parade doesn't allow time for sound checks, Muniz said.
Endymion Extravaganza 2016, Pitbull and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler performed at the annual party at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
lluminated with high-tech lighting effects and even rolling video screens, Endymion is also the most avant-garde parade. This year lighting designer Ray Ziegler promised a lavish lighting update of the signature Captain Eddy's S.S. Endymion float.
In addition, for the first time, the parade will be led by a rolling spotlight truck that will project the krewe's logo, a cartoon shepherd, onto the clouds a la the Batman signal. That's if there are clouds. Ziegler said that if not, the spotlight handlers may have to project the image on buildings as the parade passes.
The theme of Endymion 2017 will be "The Constellations," with floats decorated with celestial symbols, such as a blue bear for the constellation Ursa Minor, twin cherubs for Gemini, and a huge fly for Musca.