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Rex, King of Carnival - Episode #84

By Mark Bologna

Rex, King of Carnival Today’s episode is all about Mardi Gras and the Rex parade. I am joined by a former King of Carnival, Dr. Stephen Hales. In addition to reigning as Rex in 2017, Dr. Hales is the archivist and historian for the School of Design, the organization that puts on the Rex parade. In this discussion we talk about Rex and its impact on Mardi Gras, and more broadly, on the city of New Orleans as a whole. Join me for a fun glimpse behind the scenes of the oldest parading organization in New Orleans.   Sponsor: The Old 77 Hotel and Chandlery When you're ready to make your plans to visit New Orleans, you'll need a place to stay! The Old 77 is ideally situated in the Warehouse District, just three blocks from the French Quarter. It features a variety of pet-friendly rooms, the award-winning Compere Lapin restaurant, and more. You'll love the location, the rooms, and the food, but the details and the service are what you'll fall in love with! To book your room, click here or use code BBOLD77 to save 25% off their regular rates. Sponsor: Two Chicks Walking Tours Want to explore the Garden District? Head on over to Two Chicks Walking Tours. They’ve got you covered with a wonderful tour that will provide plenty of history along with fun facts about some of the neighborhoods’ residents, past and present. You also get to learn about our cemeteries because this tour includes Lafayette Cemetery, in the heart of the Garden District. Two Chicks also offers several varieties of French Quarter tours, as well as tours of St. Louis #1. Whatever you choose, know you will be in great hands and will have a wonderful time. Use code BEYOND and save 15%. Thank You Thanks to Dr. Hales for taking the time to talk about the Rex organization, and for hosting me at the Rex den. A special thanks to Dr. Hales for taking great care of our daughters (and thousands of other New Orleans children) as their pediatrician. Subscribe to the Podcast If you enjoy the show, please subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play Music or wherever you get your podcasts. If you do enjoy listening, please share Beyond Bourbon Street with someone who shares our love of New Orleans. Contact Us Got an idea for an episode, have some feedback or just want to say hi? Leave us a message at 504-475-7632 or send an email to Thanks for listening! Mark

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