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Cast of ‘Treme’ to lead parade before Mardi Gras

- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 16, 2011

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The stars of HBO's series "Treme" (truh-MAY') will lead this year's parade for Orpheus, the Mardi Gras krewe founded by crooner Harry Connick Jr.

Celebrity monarchs for the parade the Monday night before Mardi Gras include actors Jennifer Coolidge, Wendell Pierce and Steve Zahn, as well as the show's executive producers David Simon and Eric Overmyer. Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 8.

"Treme" is set in New Orleans in fall 2005, three months after Hurricane Katrina. The show tracks the lives of a diverse group of residents as they rebuild their lives and the neighborhood that lends the show its name.

LOVERBOY, the Canadian band known for their 80's party anthems such as "Working for the Weekend," will headline the huge party held after the parade.

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