Fats Domino, the 85-year-old legendary rock and roll Hall of Fame performer, will be the “honorary grand marshal” of the Krewe of Orpheus in New Orleans, Louisiana, this coming season, according to Yahoo! News on Friday evening.
The Krewe of Orpheus is labeled the star-studded Carnival club that parades the night before Mardi Gras in the party town. Though Domino will not be riding in the parade on March 3, 2014, Antoine Domino III – Fats Domino’s oldest son – is scheduled to be on a float with a piano and speakers, performing his famous father’s greatest hits. His hits include “Walking to New Orleans,” “Blue Monday,” “The Fat Man,” and – of course – “Blueberry Hill.”
Additionally, Domino’s other family members are scheduled to be on the float, throwing Fats Domino memorabilia to the crowd.
On Friday, Domino – whose real name is Antoine Domino Jr. - received the medallion proclaiming him the “honorary grand marshal.” During the presentation he said he was honored – but also said there was “no way” he was going to ride on a float. As far as his son filling in for him on the float, he said, “He should be all right.”
Mardi Gras is on March 4, 2014.