The Krewe of Freret has named Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews as its official Grand Marshall. They are making plans for the first annual “Shorty Gras” concert ball at Mardi Gras World, which will feature a one-of-a-kind musical lineup, put together by Trombone Shorty himself. The event will follow the Krewe of Freret parade on February. 15, 2020 which will roll around the theme “The Music of New Orleans.”
“Music is woven into the unique fabric of New Orleans Carnival, and I’m proud to join the Krewe of Freret in putting the sound of our city center stage," Trombone Shorty was quoted in a November 17 press release.
For the 2020 parade, Kern Studios has constructed a new signature float featuring a gigantic animatronic of Trombone Shorty. The likeness of the beloved local musician is over two stories tall, which makes it the largest prop to ever be featured on a Mardi Gras float. It is just one of seven new, state-of-the-art signature floats the Krewe will unveil this year.
Krewe of Freret Captain Bobby Hjortsberg said, “We are so excited to welcome Trombone Shorty to our Krewe. Music is an essential component of Carnival, and now we are making it a signature element of our Krewe’s identity. The Krewe of Freret will feature New Orleans music every year in our parade and at the Shorty Gras event.”
For Krewe of Freret membership details and for tickets to Shorty Gras, visit kreweoffreret.com.
Photo credit: Cheryl Gerber
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