Will Ferrell leads Mardi Gras parade as King Bacchus

February 21, 2012 10:20 am
  • Will Ferrell, living large in N'awlins on Sunday.
    Will Ferrell, living large in N'awlins on Sunday.
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All hail Will Ferrell, er, King Bacchus!

The funnyman donned a red gown and crown in his role as King Bacchus, Roman God of Wine, Sunday in New Orleans' annual Mardi Gras parade, E! News reports.

The 44-year-old comedian has been in New Orleans since November working on political comedy flick "The Campaign" in which he plays boneheaded politician Cam Brady, who fights with a fellow idiot (played by Zach Galifianakis) for a seat in Congress.

Mr. Galifianakis was also along for the ride in the parade, following closely behind Mr. Ferrell's float, yet decided to go a subtler way than his co-star and donned a mask.

Mr. Ferrell told the Times-Picayune newspaper before taking on the Mardi Gras role: "I don't know what to expect. I do have to say, everybody is coming up to me and ... they have the same speech pattern. They go, 'Have you been here before for Mardi Gras?' And I say, 'No.' Then they pause. 'Oh. You're going to have a good time.' "

He adds, "It's slightly ominous, almost like it's going to be fraternity hazing or something. But I don't know what to expect. I'm not going to try to predict [what happens], and I think it's going to be crazy and fun."

His reign as Bacchus follows in the footsteps of previous kings Nicolas Cage, William Shatner, Elijah Wood, Bob Hope, Hulk Hogan and Drew Brees.

First Published 2012-02-20 23:08:22

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