NEW ORLEANS – Anderson Cooper, anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°, is to be crowned the 2019 Mardi Gras Queen at this year’s annual Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans.
“We are so excited to see Anderson in the gown we’ve prepare for him. It is absolutely fabulous. We’ve been waiting all year for this event. He’s sure to be the hottest Queen ever. Of course we can’t wait for the best part, when we get to watch him strip it off,” said the parade costume designer to Mendaco Press.
The party officially ends at midnight, when police on horseback ride down Bourbon Street to ceremonially “clear” the street – a symbol meant to mark the end of the season. Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which for many Christians is a period of fasting and reflection ahead of Easter.
— New Orleans EMS (@NewOrleansEMS) March 5, 2019
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