Coast Guard delivers Kings Rex, Zulu for Lundi Gras kickoff

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NEW ORLEANS — The Mardi Gras monarchs Kings Rex and Zulu arrived at Spanish Plaza in downtown to kick off Lundi Gras, Monday.

The Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne, a 175-foot coastal construction tender homeported in Galveston, Texas, provided the safe transportation of the monarchs for the 2014 Mardi Gras celebration.

NEW ORLEANS - The Mardi Gras monarch King Rex and his krewe disembark the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne at Spanish Plaza in downtown to kick off the start of Lundi Gras, March 3, 2014. The 175-foot coastal construction tender delivered the Mardi Gras monarchs Kings Rex and Zulu to kick off the official start of Mardi Gras. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough.

The Mardi Gras monarch King Rex and his krewe disembark the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne at Spanish Plaza in downtown to kick off the start of Lundi Gras, March 3, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough.

Distinguished guests in attendance aboard were the commander of the 8th Coast Guard District, Rear Adm. Kevin S. Cook, and U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North.

The Coast Guard annually participates in Mardi Gras by delivering the monarchs of Mardi Gras as well as manning a float for several parades throughout the carnival the season.

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