BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Monday night (Jan. 6), the Carnival season kicked off in Baton Rouge.
Mid City Gras marked the date by revealing the grand marshal for its upcoming parade. This is the third time this parade will roll through the streets of Baton Rouge.
“What I really see it as is celebrating our city and our arts and our creativity and our community and it’s just an amazing excuse to get dressed up hang out and spend time together,” said Rodneyna Hart, grand marshal of the 2020 parade.
The krewe says Hart has been “instrumental in the development of local art and cultural advancements in the Baton Rouge area for more than 10 years.” She graduated from LSU in 2008 and since then has worked at numerous galleries and museums in Baton Rouge. Hart also worked as the executive director for the non-profit, Culture Candy, which advocates for more inclusive and intersectional cultural spaces. The organization also creates pop-up art events open to everyone and provides resources for emerging artists.
Hart has also served on multiple history, art, and cultural boards.
In January of 2019, Hart accepted the position of division director for the Louisiana State Museum. She oversees four regional museums.
The parade rolls Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. The parade starts at the overpass on North Boulevard and rolls down to Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). More than 50 groups, bands, dance teams, walking groups, acrobats, and puppets will be in the parade.
The ball will be held Feb. 1 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Capital City Event Center, located at 6955 Florida Blvd. Tickets can be purchased online here. The ball is only for those 21 and up.
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