NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) – Singer, songwriter, and producer Robin Thicke will reign as Bacchus LII.
The honor continues a Thicke family tradition, as his later father, actor and comedian Alan Thicke reigned as the celebrity monarch back in 1988.
The Thickes will be the first father and son to reign as Bacchus in the parade’s 52- year history.
“The Krewe of Bacchus is all about family,” said Brennan. “The sons and grandsons of our founding members are a proud part of our organization. We look forward to continuing the Thicke family’s legacy with Bacchus.”
“I am honored to follow in my father’s footsteps as Bacchus for the 2020 Mardi Gras,” said Thicke. “I rode on the King’s Float with my father when I was a boy and it was one of the best experiences I ever had with him. I’m equally excited to have my son Julian, my daughters Mia and Lola and my fiancée April celebrate the weekend with me.”
The brainchild of visionary restaurateur Owen Edward “Pip” Brennan, Jr., the Krewe of Bacchus was founded in 1968 in an effort to expand the Mardi Gras experience by staging a parade on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, having a national celebrity king and inviting riders from across the country to participate.
In 1969, Bacchus was the first krewe to parade super-floats through the French Quarter and introduced the first “mass quantity” hand-painted medallion bead and the first “talking” medallion bead.
Now revered as one of the most spectacular krewes in Carnival history, Bacchus has more than 1,600 members and 33 super-floats including a special float that will host the 2019 Little League World Series Championship-winning Eastbank All-Stars and the Little League U.S. Championship-winning girls’ team.
Bacchus’s 2020 theme is the Wild, Wild West which will be portrayed on 21 theme floats.
The parade will roll on Sunday, February 23, 2020.