The Krewe of Endymion will debut a giant, interactive LED video screen on a moving float for its 2015 parade, krewe captain Ed Muniz said Thursday in a news conference at Mardi Gras World.
The krewe, known for introducing an innovative float each year, is still designing the video wall it calls “Endymion TV,” or ETV.
Endymion will roll on Feb. 14, the Saturday before Mardi Gras.
Muniz also announced that country music heartthrob Luke Bryan will play at the Endymion Extravaganza in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome after the parade.
“Your wives are going to love him,” Muniz teased members of the all-male superkrewe. “Perfect for Valentine’s Day.”
The 10-by-30-foot video wall will roll along the Mid-City route on a new, tandem bandwagon float near the end of the Endymion parade, alternating live images and graphics, Muniz said. It will be made up of 30 LED panels and video screens, with cameras on both sides to film the crowd as the float passes by.
On Thursday, float builder Barry Kern said Endymion continues to challenge his builders to create and assemble innovative floats. The krewe’s mammoth Pontchartrain Beach float, which debuted in 2013, is the largest in Carnival.
Riders in February will throw Valentine-themed goodies and will feature a mascot dolled up as Cupid. The theme of the parade is “Fantastic Voyages.”
Singer-songwriter Bryan, currently filling concert arenas around the country on his “Farm Tour,” released his fourth album, “Crash My Party,” in August 2013. A single from the album, “Drink a Beer,” hit No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart in January.
New Endymion lighting will expand on the mammoth Pontchartrain Beach float, and four new floats will have synchronized lights. There will be new LED lights on four more floats, bringing to 17 the number of floats with synchronized lights.