Val Kilmer named ‘king of Bacchus’ in New Orleans parade

January 30, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (ChattahBox) -– Actor Val Kilmer has been named as this years celebrity king for the Krewe of Bacchus parade which rolls through New Orleans on Feb. 22, two days before Mardi Gras.

Besides dressing up in royal apparel for the ride through the city on a float in the annual parade, Kilmer will visit Children’s Hospital, a tradition every reigning Bacchus has participated in for the past three decades.

Bacchus organizers on Friday also unveiled the doubloon that will bear Kilmer’s likeness. A doubloon is a souvenir coin thrown to spectators during the parade.

Past Bacchus kings also include William Shatner, Billy Crystal, James Gandolfini, Bob Hope, Nicolas Cage, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston and Ron Howard. Danny Kaye was the first Bacchus in 1969, last year, wrestler and reality TV star Hulk Hogan was the krewe’s celebrity king.


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