Zulu rolls through Uptown on Mardi Gras 2018: See photos


The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club rolled down the Uptown New Orleans parade route on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (Mardi Gras). Filmmaker Spike Lee was Zulu grand marshal.

NOLA.com reporter Mike Scott recently wrote about the history of the Zulu coconut, perhaps the most prized of all Mardi Gras throws.

“Since it was first introduced, believed to be in the 1910s, the Zulu coconut has become among the most cherished catches of Carnival, although it has evolved over time. The first coconuts — purchased by riders at the French Market in lieu of more expensive beads — were handed out raw and “hairy.” But they can weigh as much as a pound and a half, causing obvious problems for spectators. Today’s Zulu coconuts are shaved down and drained of their milk and meat, making them much more lightweight than their predecessors, in the 2- to 6-ounce range. Additionally, krewe rules state they are to be handed down to parade-goers — not thrown — and only from riders on the bottom decks of floats.”

Did you see Zulu? Did you catch a coconut? Share a photo in the comments section!

And, note: Watch for more photos from this parade.



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