(COVINGTON, La.) — The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club invited the St. Paul’s Marching Wolves to march in the club’s Mardi Gras Day parade in New Orleans after long being fans of their unique style.
“Since a kid… I can always recall being highly impressed with the St. Paul’s marching band,” President Naaman Stewart said. “I have wanted to see (the Marching Wolves in Zulu) since becoming president in 2012.”
This marks the first performance in Zulu in the Marching Wolves’ storied Mardi Gras parade history.
“(The Marching Wolves) are extremely talented,” Stewart said, “and I think it would be a treat for the spectators along the route.”
The appearance means much to the members of the Marching Wolves, some of which have dreamed of a Zulu performance.
“It (gives) me an extra opportunity to go all at it,” senior Marching Wolf Austin Hayes said. “I never thought I would get the opportunity to march in Zulu, and I love that we are doing it this year.”
The excitement reaches all the way up the leadership ladder while the band prepares for their annual Mardi Gras odyssey.
This colossal trio is accompanied by parades Eve, Olympia, Carrollton, and Hermes. The band is expected to march, dance, and play the length of a marathon, and some members that dance more than others may march up to five miles more per parade.
“We’re playing new songs, but we’re going to give you what we’re known for,” Moran said. “We stay true to who we are.”
More Marching Wolves will be taking to the streets this year than in many years past, with new members ready to embrace their first year on the route.
“More size means bigger sound and more to watch,” Moran said. “(The band) has got a more impressive look to it (than last year).”