Will Ferrell reigns supreme as Mardi Gras King

Monday, 20 February 2012 12:25
mardigrasbeads_optBY CHRISTINE SAVOIA

Funny man Will Ferrell is well known from many movies, but yesterday the actor took on a new role, as Bacchus XLIV – that’s the King – in the Krewe of Bacchus New Orleans Mardi Gras parade.

CNN/WGNO reports the Ferrell charmed the crowd, which lined up early to get a glimpse of the celebrity as he passed by and tossed out gifts to his fans – all while donning the elaborate king’s robes and crown.

Ferrell had been in New Orleans for three months while filming “The Campaign,” a political comedy that wrapped on Thursday. According to the Daily Mail, “The comic definitely seemed to be enjoying himself as he waved and mugged to his 'followers' during the Bacchus Salutes the Louisiana Bicentennial parade.”

While Ferrell may have worked the crowd, earlier, he admitted feeling nervous about participating in his first Mardi Gras.

The Inquisitr reports that Ferrell visited a children’s hospital earlier in the day, handing out beads to patients and stopping to take a few pictures. He admitted it was his first Mardi Gras and told the Times-Picayune newspaper, “everybody is coming up to me and … they have the same speech pattern: They go, ‘Have you been here before for Mardi Gras?’ And I say, ‘No.’ Then they pause. ‘Oh. You’re going to have a good time…’ It’s slightly ominous, almost like it’s going to be fraternity hazing or something. But I don’t know what to expect. I’m not going to try to predict (what happens), and I think it’s going to be crazy and fun.”

Ferrell now shares the honor of playing Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, with celebrities like Nicholas Cage, Elijah Wood, Bob Hope, and Drew Brees.

The Krewe of Bacchus parade was started in 1968. According to the website, with more than 1,350 members and 33 animated super-floats, the Krewe of Bacchus is revered as one of the most spectacular Krewes in Carnival history.