Ferrell takes part in Mardi Gras parade

Feb. 21, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Will Ferrell dressed as King Bacchus, Roman God of Wine, as he rode on a float in one of New Orleans' Mardi Gras parades.

Ferrell, who has been in the Louisiana city since November working on the political comedy "The Campaign," was chosen as the star of Monday's parade, E! News said.

His co-star in the movie, Zach Galifianakis, wore a mask and rode behind Ferrell's float. Ferrell, meanwhile, was wearing a flowing robe and crown, E! said.

"I don't know what to expect. I do have to say, everybody is coming up to me and ... they have the same speech pattern. They go, 'Have you been here before for Mardi Gras?' And I say, 'No.' Then they pause. 'Oh. You're going to have a good time,'" Ferrell told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune before taking part in the parade. "It's slightly ominous, almost like it's going to be fraternity hazing or something. But I don't know what to expect. I'm not going to try to predict [what happens], and I think it's going to be crazy and fun."

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