Get yer ya-ya’s out, New Orleans.
With Mardi Gras on the not-so-distant horizon, the Krewe of Endymion — traditionally the largest parade in the Mardi Gras festivities — has begun unveiling its plans for 2015, including a nighttime performance by Luke Bryan. The country star’s set is expected to draw 20,000 bead-wearing revelers to the Superdome, where the Krewe will hold its annual Endymion Extravaganza on the evening of February 14th, after the Valentine’s Day parade wraps up.
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The Krewe of Endymion began introducing country music into its annual throw-down in 1988, when Dolly Parton and Roy Orbison were Grand Marshals of the daytime parade — an honor they shared with Spuds MacKenzie, the popular Bull Terrier from Bud Light’s string of late-Eighties commercials. Other country artists followed suit, including Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Big & Rich and Carrie Underwood. Bryan’s performance at the Endymion Extravaganza follows last year’s headlining set by Underwood, marking the parade’s first time booking back-to-back country artists in the lead slot.
It’s particularly good timing for Bryan, who just wrapped up his most successful year ever on the road. Encouraged by the 2014 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, which found him performing to more than 1.2 million fans in 77 cities, the singer has extended his concert dates into 2015. The second leg of the tour kicks off February 10th, four days before his New Orleans appearance, and features both Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser in the opening slot.