Mardi Gras — Keegan-Michael Key is Orpheus’ 2018 monarch

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n this Nov. 2, 2017 file photo, Keegan-Michael Key attends the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York. | Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File

NEW ORLEANS — Actor (and Second City e.t.c. alum) Keegan-Michael Key of Comedy Central’s sketch comedy series “Key & Peele” will lead the Krewe of Orpheus parade for the 2018 Mardi Gras season.

Key joins a long line of celebrities to lead this parade, which rolls at 6 p.m. Feb. 12.

He will be joined on the route by actors Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph, who star in Marvel’s “Cloak & Dagger” series premiering this year on Freeform.

The parade, founded by a group including Harry Connick Jr., will mark its 25th year with an all-star concert at its Oprheuscapade party in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Held after the parade rolls through New Orleans, the concert will feature Trombone Shorty, Irma Thomas, Big Freedia, Bonerama, Flowtribe, Deacon John, Amanda Shaw and others.

Associated Press

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