NEW ORLEANS (Uptown)—In an official joint statement, the Krewe of Bacchus and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said: "Drew Brees has been named Bacchus 2010 and will reign as the 42nd King of the Krewe that will parade on February 14, 2010."
Owen Brennan III, Executive Director of the Krewe of Bacchus, confirmed today that Brees has accepted the invitation to serve as the 42nd King of the Krewe of Bacchus.
Said Brennan: "Bacchus is known for naming a national personality as our King. This year, we didn't have to look further than our own backyard to find one of the most popular and respected individuals of 2009. All over the country, our state and the great city of New Orleans, people are excited about the Saints and their dynamic leader, Drew Brees. We are thrilled to have Drew serve as the King of Bacchus, and we are proud to support the Brees Dream Foundation's on-going efforts in New Orleans."
Brees was the first to break the news on Saturday, December 19, from his Twitter account (@drewbrees). He said this to say about his upcoming reign as Bacchus 42, "The Krewe of Bacchus has a rich history and I am very honored to have received the invitation to serve as King. Brittany and I are looking forward to the festivities and we sincerely appreciate the commitment Bacchus has made to our Foundation.
The Krewe of Bacchus was conceived by Owen Brennan, the current Executive Director's grandfather, who was owner and founder of the iconic Absinthe House and Brennan's Restaurant, as a way to revitalize Mardi Gras by opening it to tourists and residents in an unprecedented way. Bacchus opened its door to anyone who wished to join. Prior to that, Mardi Gras had been primarily a closed event, celebrated on the inside by New Orleans' social elite.
Bacchus has grown from a 15-float parade with 250 members in 1969 to 1,350 members with 33 animated floats. The riders are famous for their costumes and also for their generosity in tossing millions of "throws" to the more than one million parade-goers who come out to see Bacchus each year.
For more information on the Krewe of Bacchus, including a list of past Kings and parade themes, please visit http://www.kreweofbacchus.org. For more information regarding the Drew Brees Foundation, please visit www.drewbrees.com.