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Event: 'Louisiana State Museum Marks A Mardi Gras Milestone With From Tramps To Kings:100 Years Of Zulu'

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Date: Friday, January 23, 2009 At 10:00 AM
Duration: 1 Day
Contact Info:
Arthur M. Smith Director, Marketing & Communications Louisiana State Museum 504.568.6867 asmith@crt.la.us.gov Clarence Becknell Zulu Historian Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club 504.615.8655 Clarence.becknell@us.army.mil
Location: http://www.trampstokings.com

The Louisiana State Museum and the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club present From Tramps to Kings:Zulu 100 Years, a yearlong exhibit exploring the origins, unique Carnival traditions, and cultural and civic contributions of Zulu from 1909 to the present.

From Tramps to Kings features more than 100 seldom-seen treasures loaned by Zulu members, as well as artifacts from the Museum, the Historic New Orleans Collection, Tulane University, and other sources.
Highlights of the show include a ballroom tableau of 14 former Zulu Kings and Queens in bejeweled costumes and elaborate headdresses, and all seven of Zulu’s comic parade characters such as the Big Shot of Africa, the Witch Doctor, and the Ambassador. The origins and development of these trademark figures are explored in photographs and personal memorabilia.
Also featured are rare sound recordings and a personal letter by Louis Armstrong describing his historic reign as Zulu King in 1949. “We really did pitch a boogie woogie,” Armstrong wrote of his experience, which was a lifelong dream fulfilled.

Tickets are $6.00 for adults, and $5.00 for seniors and active military personnel and include admission to the Museum’s comprehensive permanent exhibit, Mardi Gras in Louisiana. Children under 12 are free.
The Presbytere is located on Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter.