Mayor Cantrell to lead Zulu parade on horseback

LaToya Cantrell, then mayor-elect, rides in the Krewe of Muses parade on Thursday, February 8, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

LaToya Cantrell, then mayor-elect, rides in the Krewe of Muses parade on Thursday, February 8, 2018. (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

As mayor-elect last year, LaToya Cantrell hopped a float ride with the Krewe of Muses.

Now, nearly a year into her mayoral tenure, Cantrell plans to take up a Mardi Gras tradition started by former Mayor Marc Morial and continued by her predecessor, former Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

She’ll lead the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club’s parade on horseback.

In an interview Thursday (Feb. 21), Cantrell said she’ll be riding a horse in Zulu alongside Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. A spokesman for Gusman confirmed he will join her.

The mayor said the invitation came because Gusman let her ride in the parade on a horse every year with him when she was a New Orleans City Council member.

“So I’m going to do that,” Cantrell said. “And I’ve asked the sheriff to come on and lead it with me.”

This weekend’s Mardi Gras Uptown parades start rolling Friday night in New Orleans with the Krewe of Oshun at 6 p.m. Dozens more parades will roll across the metro area through Tuesday, March 5.

Zulu starts at 8 a.m. on Fat Tuesday, when it will be joined by Rex.