Zulu is one of the main Mardi Gras Day parades to roll through New Orleans. This organization started with a group of men who belonged to a Benevolent Aid Society. These societies were the first forms of insurance in the Black community. In 1973, the Zulu president started recruiting professionals, educators, and prominent businessmen from all ethnic backgrounds to increase its membership. Zulu became the first parading organization to racially integrate. The most sought after throw is the coconut or “Golden Nugget”. Their traditions are black facing, wearing grass skirts, and keeping the King’s identity a secret.This year the Krewe of Endymion will have their first African American King. George LaFargue is a New Orleans native. He has been a member for the past six years.
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