- Associated Press - Friday, April 13, 2012

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The echoing cry of Tarzan, King of the Apes, will ring out this weekend in a coastal Louisiana oil town.

The Tarzan Festival in Morgan City started with the declaration by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Friday as Tarzan Day in Louisiana.

Author Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tale of the boy who grew up to be king of the jungle was first published 100 years ago.

The first movie version was shot in Morgan City in 1917, a silent film that earned $ 1 million _ startling by standards of the day.

The festival will include a Tarzan yell contest, a Tarzan and Jane lookalike contest, and the premiere of a documentary on the 1917 filming.