New Orleans Saints Kamara, Lattimore to ride in Endymion
New Orleans Saints Alvin Kamara and Marshon Lattimore will be special guests when the Endymion parade rolls on Feb. 10.
Kamara and Lattimore, who will ride as celebrities in the super parade, joined the Saints for the 2017-18 season, and are among a half-dozen Saints players slated to participate in the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla. on Jan. 28.
It’s the first time in Saints history that two rookies have made the Pro Bowl.
Kenner-born Jon Batiste, who is from a Crescent City musical family, is musical director of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” as well as the show’s band leader, will be grand marshal of the parade.
Endymion’s 2018 theme is “Jazz – Our Gift to the World.” Float names are slated to include “Bucktown Blues,” “Frog Leg Rag” and “When the Saints Go Marchin’ In.”
The Samedi Gras block party begins on Orleans Avenue between Carrollton and City Park avenues at noon on Feb. 10, with entertainment by The Topcats, Groovy 7 and The Bucktown All Stars.
Endymion rolls after Samedi Gras at 4:15 p.m.
The parade will follow its traditional Mid-City route and end with the “Endymion Extravaganza” in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, with, among others, rocker-turned-crooner Rod Stewart and hip-hop/pop/R&B singer Jason Derulo.
The Endymion Extravaganza often sells out, krewe officials said. For information, call 504.736.0160. Or, visit the krewe website.
In 2017, Endymion festivities were marred when a suspected drunken driver plowed a pickup truck into the crowd, seriously injuring pedestrians and spectators gathered for the parade near the corner of Orleans and North Carrollton avenues. The driver was sentenced to five years in prison.