|The artistic splendor, merriment and magic of Mardi Gras is celebrated in this regal and floral interpretation of Fat Tuesday by FTD with its 55th Rose Parade entry. The glittering style and carefree folly of costumed revelers, music and dance is magnificently captured in this floral juxtaposition of color and excitement. FTD’s floral celebration features over 100,000 roses.|
|Hurricane Katrina Survivors Ride Float|
|Shamarr Allen (www.shamarrallen.com) is a multitalented musician, born and raised in the lower 9th ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. He has played in many of New Orleans most prominent musicians and bands and has been featured on several recordings. He also just released his first debut CD titled "Meet Me on Frenchmen Street". He and his band will be riding on the FTD float in the Rose Parade and playing a number of jazz tunes original and standard. Shamarr and his band mates are residents of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village and are honored to be invited to participate in such a prestigious event.|
|Cherice Harrison-Nelson (www.mardigrasneworleans.com/mardigrasindians/), the Counsel Queen of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indian Group, educator and Hurricane Katrina survivor, will be guiding the FTD float down the Rose Parade route in her elaborate ritual attire. Mardi Gras Indians have been a historic part of the celebration since the 19th century. Mostly African-American Carnival revelers in New Orleans, the “groups” dress up for Mardi Gras in attire influenced by Native American ceremonial apparel. Cherice is a native of New Orleans and a resident of the New Orleans Habitat Musicians’ Village.|
New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village
Musicians’ Village (www.NOLAmusiciansvillage.org), a cornerstone of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) post-Katrina rebuilding effort, is designed to both construct a community and preserve a culture. Conceived by New Orleans natives Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, Musicians’ Village will provide a home for both the artists who have defined the city’s culture and the sounds that have shaped the musical vernacular of the world. Musicians’ Village is being constructed in the Upper Ninth Ward, where an eight-acre parcel of land was initially selected for the construction of 72 single-family homes built by volunteers, donors, sponsors and low-income families. As of September 2007, all 72 homes have either been completed or are under construction. In one of the project’s innovative features, Musicians’ Village will also provide elder-friendly duplexes for the senior members of the community.
|Click here to purchase from FTD.COM and 10% of the merchandise price of any item will benefit New Orleans Habitat Musicians Village: www.ftd.com/neworleans|