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Zulu Organization Continues Rich Tradition with Annual Mardi Gras Parade


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Zulu Organization Continues Rich Tradition with Annual Mardi Gras Parade

The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, one of the oldest and most cherished organizations in New Orleans, delighted crowds once again with its annual Mardi Gras parade, continuing a tradition that dates back over a century.

Founded in 1909, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club has been an integral part of the city’s vibrant culture, known for its elaborate costumes, lively music, and exuberant floats. The organization plays a significant role in celebrating African-American heritage and contributions to the city’s rich tapestry.

Each year, the Zulu parade, led by King Zulu and his court, winds its way through the streets of New Orleans, drawing locals and tourists alike to witness the spectacle. The parade features intricately decorated floats, adorned with colorful beads and feathers, as well as marching bands and dance troupes.

One of the highlights of the Zulu parade is the tradition of throwing coconuts to the crowd. These decorated coconuts, known as “throws,” are highly coveted by parade-goers and are considered a prized souvenir of Mardi Gras festivities.

“The Zulu parade is not just a celebration of Mardi Gras; it’s a celebration of our culture, our community, and our heritage,” said a member of the Zulu organization. “We take great pride in keeping this tradition alive and sharing it with the world.”

As the Zulu parade once again captivates audiences with its vibrant energy and rich cultural heritage, it serves as a reminder of the enduring spirit of Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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