Big Freedia to ride in the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras

Big Freedia to ride in the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras - here she is on Canal Street surrounded by fans
Big Freedia to ride in the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras - here she is on Canal Street surrounded by fans (Photo by Doug MacCash / NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

Pelicans Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins won't be the only tall and talented folk riding in the Zulu parade on Mardi Gras morning (Feb. 28). In an interview on Saturday (Feb. 25), New Orleans' bounce diva Big Freedia announced that she'll be taking part in the century-old tradition that rolls at 8 a.m.

"I'm with the Krewe of Mandela, I'm on float 28, and I'm on the driver's side," she said.

To stand out among the other costumed and made-up riders, Freedia said "I'll probably have some flowers in my hair to distinguish it's Big Freedia."

"It's going to be turned out," she said. "I'm going to have a microphone and a whole DJ setup going on. I'm going to be rapping, trying to throw beads, trying to throw coconuts. I'm going to be a little tipsy. I don't know what's going to be going on. I just hope I don't tip over the float."

Despite the parade chaos on Canal Street Saturday morning, Big Freedia, wearing a gold jacket, blonde locks, and gold glitter eye shadow, attracted a steady stream of admirers, who shouted out song lyrics and posed for selfies. Cameras from Freedia's Fuse television show "Big Freedia Queen of Bounce," captured the scene.

"You know, it's Mardi Gras in New Orleans," Big Freedia said as she surveyed the scene. "We've got millions of people that came in town, it's amped up, everybody's turning up all kinds of ways, you know, eating all the fun things, candy apples, popcorn, corn dogs, which I can't wait to get. I'm just super excited to be from a place that's so special."