Rod Stewart and R&B/pop singer-songwriter Jason Derulo top the bill for the 2018 Endymion Extravaganza, the post-parade blowout in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
For 2018 Mardi Gras season, Endymion rolls on Saturday, Feb. 10, along its traditional Mid-City parade route. The parade's theme this year is "Jazz: Our Gift to the World." Float titles include "Bucktown Blues," "Frog Leg Rag," "Snake Rag", "Hyena Stomp" and "When the Saints Go Marchin’ In."
On February 10, the Endymion festivities commence at noon with the free Samedi Gras festival on the Orleans Avenue neutral ground between Carrollton and City Park Avenue. Popular local cover bands the Topcats, Groovy 7 and the Bucktown All Stars are the featured entertainment.
Endymion rolls after Samedi Gras at 4:15 p.m.
In years past, some celebrity entertainers, such as country star Luke Bryan and rapper Flo Rida, have boarded a float at the Endymion parade's City Park starting point and rode all the way to the Dome.
Whether Stewart, who will turn 73 prior to his Endymion adventure, will ride has not been determined.
The Endymion Extravaganza generally draws a sell-out crowd of 20,000-plus who party into the wee hours in formal wear. Past performers at the Extravaganza include Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pitbull and Steven Tyler.