The Krewe of Athena Carnival Club announced that it has selected radio personality and Senior VP Programming iHeartMedia New Orleans to preside as the Grand Marshal on Friday, February 17, 2017 in Jefferson Parish.
Marrero, LA February 6, 2017: Uptown Angela will reign as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Athena’s Mardi Gras Parade on Friday, February 17, 2017. Born & raised in New Orleans, Uptown Angela began her radio career in 1991 while attending the University of New Orleans. After being inspired by Oprah’s early radio stint, Angela began as an intern in promotions then transitioned to programming. With consistent rating success for more than 2 decades, Angela earned stripes of Senior Vice President of Programming/Operations, overseeing all 8 iHeartradio stations in New Orleans. Angela prides herself in being a sounding board as well as a voice of our community.
The Metairie parade, which rolls at 7:30 p.m., will take the traditional Veterans Memorial Boulevard route, beginning near Clearview Shopping Center, heading east onto Veterans. Dr. Taisha Williams-Payne, Captain stated, “We are excited to have Uptown Angela as our Grand Marshal. Her work in the community and support for KOA is unwavering.” Known as the Ladies of KOA, the krewe will roll along the traditional Metairie route with the theme of Krewe of Athena Salutes the Fab”OWL’ous Festivals of Louisiana.
The parade will consist of several high school bands and marching units. The all- female krewe will toss signature beads, FANNIE PACKS, Pocket Juices (portable phone chargers) LED rings, bouncing balls, bracelets, sunglasses, plush owls and footballs bearing the krewe’s insignia. The most popular throw will be the krewe’s signature fedora hats.
Reigning as Queen Athena III is Dr. Chequita S. Williams and Mr. Vaughn A. Breaux will reign as King of Athena III. Royal Graces are Lady Allison Stein, Lady Shamicka Holmes, Lady Jennifer Johnston- Muse and Lady Robin Bevins-Jackson.