A waiter at Antoine's presents the Rex Organization's traditional baked Alaska.
The Rex Organization
(aka the School of Design) held its annual announcement lunch this afternoon at Antoine's
to reveal more about the 2015 Rex procession, the theme of which will be "Wars That Shaped Early America" — with a special nod to the Battle of New Orleans, which is celebrating its bicentennial this year.
This year's floats include "Washington Crossing the Delaware," "Shays' Rebellion," "Tecumseh's War" and the "Boston Tea Party." Rex's signature floats — including His Majesty's Bandwagon, the Boeuf Gras, the Royal Barge and the relatively new Butterfly King — also will be in the 27-float procession.
One big change this year: Rex will not arrive at Spanish Plaza on Lundi Gras by Coast Guard cutter, as he has in the past. Instead, the King of Carnival will arrive by the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, where he will formally meet King Zulu and be toasted by Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Some of the signature beads that will be thrown at the 2015 Rex procession.
Another change: In addition to float-specific beads (which were introduced in 2013), each float also will have its own signature stuffed pillow throw.
Rex's charitable arm, the Pro Bono Publico Foundation
, recently announced $860,000 in grants to 27 individual New Orleans charter schools and 21 organizations that support New Orleans schools.
The 2015 Rex Proclamation, created by Auseklis Ozols, features General Andrew Jackson and other images of the Battle of New Orleans.