It’s Mardi Gras time in our city and everyone wants to experience what we have to offer. Entrepreneur and media mogul Mona Scott-Young, who LOVES New Orleans is She-King-Elect of the Treme Sidewalk Steppers!!!! Scott-Young’s likeness is bringing in other nationally known personalities to to take part in one of biggest traditions.


WHAT: Ahead of the annual Mardi Gras celebration, Treme Sidewalk Steppers will host two events in celebration of the rich treme culture of New Orleans and to honor the royal court of New Orleans.

On Feb. 7, She-King-Elect Mona Scott-Young and New Orleans’ own King-Elect Hiram H. Smith will be crowned at “The Royal Homecoming” Gala featuring performances by Big Freedia, MAJOR and other special guests.

After the royal evening on Feb. 7, The She-King-Elect and King-Elect will reign for a full year as the 2020 New Orleans royalty.

The King and She-King will be also honored on Feb. 9 at “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Treme Side-Walk Steppers Parade Showdown and 26th annual secondline parade Kickoff to Mardi Gras.

Entertainment and Media Executive, Mona Scott-Young’s love for New Orleans dates back to 2005 when she and husband, Shawn Young, wed at Dillard University’s Lawless Memorial Chapel. They later returned in 2015 and renewed their vows in celebration of their 10th year Anniversary.

Both wedding celebrations were designed by award winning event planner and King Elect Hiram Smith.

“New Orleans holds a very special place in my heart”, says Scott-Young. “This city has always welcomed me with open arms, warmth and love. I am so very grateful to have been chosen by the renowned Treme SideWalk Steppers for this honor and I embrace the title of SHE-KING in tribute to the fearless female rulers of Ancient Egypt and Africa.”

Scott-Young and her family recently traveled back to Ghana for the Year of Return along with a group of notables that included New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell and where Mayor Cantrell officially proclaimed Cape Coast, Ghana the “sister city” of New Orleans.

That moment of “sisterhood” was amazingly powerful,” says Scott-Young, “and I hope to continue that connection at the sidewalk Steppers ROYAL HOMECOMING Gala where we will commemorate the majesty of our ancestry andcelebrate the magic of the women of New Orleans who have played such a pivotal role in cultivating and preserving the richness of the Treme culture. Today we are the legacy of the She-King and 2020 is our year!”

The event is made possible by generous sponsors including Entertainment Mogul 50 Cent and Branson Cognac, Monami Entertainment, Hiram Style, Treme Sidewalk Steppers, Bartenura Wines, LVOV Vodka, MYX Fusions Beverage, The Mane Choice and benefits the Because I Can Foundation, Inc., a non-profit that educates youth based on community needs.

The events are hosted by the Treme Sidewalk Steppers, who take to the historic streets of Treme annually for the Faubourg Treme. The group preserves cultural heritage, uplifts the community, and raises funds by dancing to music created on these streets and delivered to their ancestors in Congo Square.

WHEN: Feb. 7, 2020: The Royal Gala at Mardi Gras World at 9:00 pm

WHERE: Location for The Royal Gala on Feb. 7: Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans

Feb. 9, 2020: The Greatest Show on Earth Treme Side-Walk Steppers Parade Showdown 26th annual secondline parade kickoff to Mardi Gras, Honoring 2020 official She-King and King Formation Time: 11:30 am
Start Time: 12:00 pm WHERE: Start location for parade on Feb. 9: N.O. Jazz & Heritage Foundation 205 N. Rampart St. New Orleans

She-King-Elect Mona Scott-Young, media mogul and entrepreneur, (to be crowned on Feb. 7)
King-Elect Hiram H. Smith (to be crowned on Feb. 7)

•LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans Mayor. •Treme Side-Walk Steppers
•MAJOR, Grammy Nominated, pop soul musician, performing at Gala Big Freedia, musician, performing at Gala
•Tami Roman, TV personality and member of the royal court. •Phaedra Parks, TV personality, entrepreneur
•Courteny Adeleye, founder of The Mane Choice and sponsor

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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