Jensen Ackles Named King of Bacchus for Mardi Gras

SUPERNATURAL’s Jensen Ackles Goes from T.V. Hunter to Parade King.

Today, the Krewe of Bacchus announced that Jensen Ackles will head their extremely-popular parade in New Orleans for Mardi Gras in March!

Mardi Gras is a giant celebration in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana, that is famous for parades, floats, beads, food, and booze. The holiday takes place on “Fat Tuesday,” which is the day before Ash Wednesday–the start of Lent in Christian tradition. Mardi Gras is one last hurrah before forty days of penitence and sacrifice begin.

Shot from the parade route during Krewe of Bacchus celebration
(via kreweofbacchus.org)

The Krewe of Bacchus Parade, specifically, dates back to 1968, when a few New Orleans business leaders set out to revitalize Carnival–the time to “eat, drink, and be merry.” Owen Edward Brennan, Sr., a bar and restaurant owner, noticed that many of his customers were unhappy with their visits to New Orleans because the festivities of Carnival were open only to natives of the area, not tourists. Paying out of his pocket, Brennan put in motion a revolution for Mardi Gras. He created a new krewe (an organization or association that stages a parade or other event for a carnival celebration)–the Krewe of Bacchus, who made sure their celebrations were open to all.

Jensen Ackles has ties to the state of Louisiana, mainly through his wife, Danneel Harris-Ackles. Danneel was born and raised in Louisiana. She and Jensen still visit often, especially since it’s not too far from their home of Austin, Texas. Just this past weekend, the Ackles were in New Orleans, attending the Saints’ game.

There was fun to be had…

…but also some heartbreak.

Here’s hoping a stellar Mardi Gras celebration makes up for the devastating Saints’ loss. Festivities for the Krewe of Bacchus Parade take place on March 5th!

(cover photo source)

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