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Fats Domino Named Krewe of Orpheus' Honorary Grand Marshal
From Al Johnson to Pete Fountain, local musicians always figure heavily into Carnival parades. But until this year, Fats Domino has largely sat out of the festivities. The legendary R&B crooner is set to have his name illuminated in lights all over again. According to the AP, Domino will serve as honorary Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Orpheus' Lundi Gras procession down St. Charles.
Domino, who is now 85, won't ride in the parade. But he'll have a float and throws dedicated to him. Eldest son, Antoine Domino III, will be on the float playing his dad's greatest hits. Other family members will also be on the float distributing doubloons and other throws to the Fats followers below.
Domino, whose hits like "Blueberry Hill" and "Walkin' to New Orleans" put him in the pantheon of great New Orleans artist, isn't seen out in public much. But Orpheus is hoping to give music fans a chance to celebrate the living legend on the street -- even if he isn't along for the ride.
"You're going to get a Fats family reunion along with a live concert," Orpheus officer Michael Murphy told the AP.
Orpheus, which was co-founded by Harry Connick Jr., will also feature music from Cheap Trick at the annual post-parade Orpheuscapade.
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