FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lauren Greenberg Wakeman
504.522.1555 x 7015 (office)
23rd Annual Lundi Gras Celebration at Riverwalk on February 23
Music, Food, Fireworks and Official Arrival of Rex at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza
New Orleans, La. (February 16, 2009) – On Monday, February 23, 2009, Riverwalk Marketplace will host the 23rd annual Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza with the arrival of Rex, King of Carnival, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The free celebration will again include fireworks on the Mississippi River and musical entertainment by New Orleans’ own Living Legends Brass Band, Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters and the Topcats.
“Each year at 6 p.m. on Lundi Gras, Rex arrives at Spanish Plaza on a United States Coast Guard vessel and proclaims the official start of Mardi Gras,” says Lynn Walters, senior general manager of Riverwalk Marketplace. “The Lundi Gras celebration is a grand, New Orleans tradition embedded into the fabric of both locals’ and tourists’ traditions of honoring carnival season. We are proud and honored to again host this celebration at Riverwalk Marketplace.”
The 2009 Lundi Gras entertainment schedule is as follows:
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Living Legends Brass Band
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr. & the Zydeco Twisters
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Arrival of Rex, King of Carnival & Fireworks
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Topcats
Lundi Gras at Spanish Plaza is a free music event for attendees of all ages. Delicious New Orleans food and drinks are available for purchase from the vendors on the Spanish Plaza. Absolutely no ice chests and pets are allowed on the Spanish Plaza during Lundi Gras festivities.
Parking Information for Local and National Media
Media visiting Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza during 2009 Lundi Gras may park their satellite vehicles in a designated area on the lower Canal Street wharf. Access to the lower Canal Street wharf is granted at the locked gate, located at Loading Dock B at Riverwalk Marketplace. All credentialed media must pick up a parking pass for the lower Canal Street wharf no later than Friday, February 20, 2009 by contacting Lauren Wakeman at 504.522.1555 x7015. One pass per station.
About Riverwalk Marketplace
Riverwalk Marketplace is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, Inc., the second largest U.S.-based publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) based upon market capitalization. General Growth has ownership interest or management responsibility for a portfolio of more than 200 regional shopping malls in 45 states, as well as ownership interest in master-planned community developments and commercial office centers. General Growth’s international portfolio includes ownership and management interest in shopping centers in Brazil and Turkey. The Company’s portfolio totals approximately 200 million square feet and includes more than 24,000 retail stores nationwide. General Growth Properties, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol GGP. For more information, please visit http://www.ggp.com.