The Krewe of Freret is has named Trombone Shorty as its official Grand Marshall and announced the first annual ‘Shorty Gras’ concert ball, which will follow its parade on Feb. 15, 2020.
“We are so excited to welcome Trombone Shorty to our Krewe. Music is an essential component of Carnival, and now we are making it a signature element of our Krewe’s identity,” said Captain Bobby Hjortsberg of the 2020 parade theme New Orleans Music: 300 Years and Counting. “The Krewe of Freret will feature New Orleans music every year in our parade and at the Shorty Gras event.”
To honor the occasion, the parade constructed a new signature float featuring a gigantic animatronic Trombone Shorty. Custom designed and built by Kern Studios, the likeness of the iconic New Orleans musician is over two stories tall, making it the largest prop to ever be featured on the front of a Mardi Gras float. It is one of seven new, state-of-the-art signature floats being unveiled by the Krewe this year.
Traveling along the traditional Uptown route, the parade will end at Mardi Gras World and roll through Shorty Gras, showering throws down on the crowd. The ball’s world-class musical lineup, will be announced next year.