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An inside look at the Rex Ball and 25 years of broadcasting the event

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From left to right: Will French, Rex Organization Archivist, Peggy Scott Laborde, WYES executive producer/host, and Errol Laborde, Carnival Historian at the Rex Ball.

Mardi Gras 2022 is not just a special moment for the Krewe of Rex as it celebrates 150 years, but also a milestone for WYES-TV as it celebrates 25 years of providing live coverage of the Rex Ball.

We learn more about the Rex Ball from executive producer and host Peggy Scott Laborde.

And while the reign of Rex might end at midnight, memories of the anniversary will last a little longer. We hear about a museum exhibit from the Historic New Orleans Collection that walks viewers through the krewe’s long history. Curatorial Cataloger at the Williams Research Center Katherine Dunn tells us more about the exhibition, “Fit for a King.”

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Diane Mack. Our producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

You can listen to Louisiana Considered Monday through Friday at 12:00 and 7:30 pm. It’s available on Spotify, Google Play, and wherever you get your podcasts. 

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"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.