Ac­tor Gary Sinise will lead pa­rade in New Or­leans

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS -

NEW OR­LEANS — Ac­tor Gary Sinise and New Or­leans mu­si­cians Troy “Trom­bone Shorty” An­drews and Harry Con­nick Jr. will lead the pa­rade of the Krewe of Or­pheus on the evening of Lundi Gras, the day be­fore Fat Tues­day, and per­form at the glitzy ball that fol­lows.

The celebrity rid­ers were an­nounced last week at Mardi Gras World, the New Or­leans stu­dio where many Car­ni­val floats are built.

Or­pheus marks its 20th an­niver­sary when it pa­rades Feb. 11 with more than 30 or­nate­ly­dec­o­rated floats, some de­signed to re­flect pa­rade themes of the past.

“It’s a nos­tal­gic look back at our 20 years,” Sonny Borey, the krewe’s cap­tain, said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that in­cluded a jazz trio play­ing Mardi Gras tunes and a lo­cal artist paint­ing what will be the com­mem­o­ra­tive 2013 pa­rade poster.

The Krewe of Or­pheus was co-founded in 1993 by Con­nick and Borey. It has about 1,200 mem­bers and is known for at­tract­ing celebri­ties. Those with mu­si­cal back­grounds of­ten per­form at the ball held at the Ernest N. Mo­rial Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.

Next year, Con­nick will per­form an orig­i­nal song for the an­niver­sary, called “Smokey Mary Boo­gie Woo­gie Choo Choo Train.” The song will be on Con­nick’s up­com­ing al­bum of Car­ni­val mu­sic.

Sinise, who stars in the CBS crime drama “CSI: NY,” will per­form with his Lt. Dan Band — named af­ter the char­ac­ter he played in the 1994 film “For­rest Gump,” which also starred Tom Hanks.

Join­ing them in the pa­rade will be Emmy win­ning ac­tress Mariska Har­gi­tay, who rode in Or­pheus in 2012 along­side rocker Bret Michaels and Grammy-win­ning singer Cyndi Lau­per.

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