17 celebrities you’ll spot in New Orleans during Carnival 2019

From parade grand marshals to post-parade performances, New Orleans sees its fair share of celebrities during Mardi Gras. Several krewes typically handpick stars from television, music and movies to ride on floats as royalty or add some extra pizzazz during the Carnival season.

Of course, this doesn't even count the stars you might run into along parade route. We know Solange Knowles is known to party with the locals.

Here's a list of celebs you'll spot riding in floats or performing on stage during Carnival 2019.

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Brian O'Halloran

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus – Saturday, Feb. 9

Self-proclaimed nerds and sci-fi buffs announce actor Brian O’Halloran as the monarch of the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus. O’Halloran is best known for the role of Dante in the cult classic film “Clerks.” He will ride as ​”King Brian The First, Commander of the Space Farce, He Who Is Not Supposed to Be Here Today.” Yes, the creativity of this krewe is totally out of space.​ The krewe honors the actor for the 25th anniversary of the release of “Clerks.”

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John Oates

Family Gras 2019 – Friday, Feb. 22

John Oates, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and one half of the duo Hall & Oates will perform on Friday, Feb. 22 just following the Krewe of Excalibur. Oates is a singer/songwriter who co-wrote many of the Top 10 songs including: “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone” and “Out of Touch.” Oates will perform Hall & Oates favorites as well as songs from his most recent solo album “Arkansas.”

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Dee Snider

Krewe of Pontchartrain – Saturday, Feb. 23

Eighties heavy metal band front man Dee Snider of Twisted Sister joins the Krewe of Pontchartrain this year. The parade rolls Uptown on Saturday, Feb. 23. Snider will also lead a second-line parade prior to the parade on Friday, Feb. 22. Twisted Sister is most known for the hit “We’re Not Gonna Take It.”

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Michael McDonald

Family Gras 2019 – Saturday, Feb. 23

Grammy-winning artist Michael McDonald performs at Family Gras 2019 on Saturday, Feb. 23. McDonald will take the stage following the Krewe of Caesar. The singer, songwriter, keyboardist and record producer has a career spanning more than 45 years. After perfecting his craft as a studio musician, McDonald became an integral member of Steely Dan before joining the Doobie Brothers. McDonald sang the lead vocals on some of the band’s best-known songs such as “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute by Minute,” and “What a Fool Believes” which became a No. 1 single in the U.S. and earned him a 1980 Grammy Award for Song of the Year along with co-writer Kenny Loggins.

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Brett Eldredge

Family Gras 2019 – Sunday, Feb. 24

Platinum-selling country musician Brett Eldredge will close Family Gras 2019 following the inaugural Krewe of Kings parade on Sunday, Feb. 24. Eldredge is a freight-train of momentum singing progressive country with a mix of classic pop and soul. He dropped his first two albums into the top two positions of Billboard’s country chart with “Bring You Back” and “Illinois.” Eldredge earned seven Gold or Platinum certifications and won 2014’s CMA New Artist of the Year award.

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Irma Thomas

Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale – Sunday, Feb. 24

Locals absolutely love the “Soul Queen of New Orleans,” so Irma Thomas definitely deserves celeb status. The Grammy Award winner will ride as one of the grand marshals with the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale. The krewe’s fifth annual ride will roll Uptown on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. The parade features floats reflecting a variety of popular storybooks, such as childhood favorites Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book, Pinocchio and Winnie the Pooh.

Patricia Clarkson arrives at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)

Patricia Clarkson

Krewe of Muses – Thursday, Feb. 28

New Orleans native and Emmy-award winner Patricia Clarkson will serve as the honorary Muse leading the Krewe of Muses 19th parade on Feb. 28. You’ll spot the actress in the iconic shoe float. Clarkson is the first honorary muse in the krewe’s nineteen-year history to be honored twice – in 2012 and 2019.  Clarkson’s career has spanned more than three decades. Her most recent triumph was winning the Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Awards for the role of Adora in the 2018 HBO limited series “Sharp Objects.”

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Zulu Coronation Ball – Friday, March 1

The R&B songstress is set to perform at the Zulu Coronation Ball — the huge party for the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club traditionally held on the Friday night before Mardi Gras. Monica rose to prominence in the 90s and released several successful albums. The artist has several hit singles including “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” “The Boy Is Mine” and “Angel of Mine.”

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Jeffrey Osborne

Zulu Coronation Ball – Friday, March 1

The Zulu Ball is known for commonly selecting for R&B legends to perform on the main stage during the event. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jeffery Osborne will perform at the 2019 coronation ball. Osborne was known as the lead signer of the soul band L.T.D. in the early 70s before his solo career. His solo career included popular ballads like “On the Wings of Love,” “You Should Be Mine” and “Only Human.”

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Lionel Richie

2019 Endymion Extravaganza – Saturday, March 2

Endymion is known for booking big names for its huge Endymion Extravaganza. Music icon Lionel Richie is one of the huge artists in the entertainment lineup at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Fans recently got a taste of Richie when he performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2018.

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Flo Rida

2019 Endymion Extravaganza – Saturday, March 2

Endymion tapped rapper, singer, songwriter and composer Flo Rida as a headliner for the big Extravaganza. This is the rapper’s second time performing at the huge post-parade party. He must’ve really rocked the party. Fans know the artist for  international hit singles like “Low,” “Right Round,” and “Wild Ones.”

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2019 Endymion Extravaganza – Saturday, March 2

Chicago heads to New Orleans as a Endymion Extravaganza headliner. The legendary “rock and roll band with horns” is one of the longest-running and best-selling groups. Fans will jam to all the group’s hits after the parade in the Superdome is over.

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Mannie Fresh

Bacchus Bash 2019 – Sunday, March 3

New Orleans native Mannie Fresh known as the genius behind Cash Money Records’ most popular songs. This year’s Bacchus Bash features DJ Mannie Fresh as part of the entertainment lineup. The festive, day-long block party that precedes the renowned Bacchus parade kicks off at noon on Sunday, March 3 at Generations Hall/The Metropolitan. The popular Mardi Gras tradition that takes place the Sunday before Fat Tuesday is an indoor/outdoor party showcasing several stages, some of the city’s best local bands and great drink specials.

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Jensen Ackles

Krewe of Bacchus – Sunday, March 3

“Supernatural” actor Jensen Ackles will reign as Bacchus LI for the 2019 parade, krewe officials announced. Ackles also appeared in the TV series “Smallville” and “Dawson’s Creek.” Ackles has been chosen to reign as the 51st Bacchus on Sunday, March 3. In fact, Bacchus has a long line of famous kings that are traditionally national celebrities.

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Mario Lopez

Krewe of Orpheus – Monday, March 4

Mario Lopez will be riding in this year’s Krewe of Orpheus parade as the monarch. Lopez is the host of “ExtraTV” and nationally syndicated radio show “On With Mario.” The personality is also a former star of the 80′s television show “Saved By The Bell.” The parade rolls on the traditional Uptown New Orleans route on Lundi Gras at 6 p.m. Orpheus was founded in 1993 by a small group including Harry Connick, Jr. and Captain Sonny Borey.


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Harry Connick, Jr.

Krewe of Orpheus – Monday, March 4

Orpheus co-founder and New Orleans native Harry Connick Jr. will also ride in Krewe of Orpheus on Lundi Gras. The talents of this local celeb seems to have no bounds. Harry Connick, Jr. and Captain Sonny Borey founded the Krewe of Orpheus in 1993 to open the opportunity to parade to all people. The parade is well-known for its musical elements. This parade also has it fair share of popular celebrities reigning as monarchs through the years.

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Trace Adkins

Krewe of Orpheus – Monday, March 4

Harry Connick, Jr. typically brings along some music celebrities to ride in his Krewe of Orpheus parade. This year country music star Trace Adkins goes along for the ride. The country singer and actor has more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including No. 1 hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

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