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.
TREME SIDEWALK STEPPERS HOST. “THE ROYAL HOMECOMING” GALA ON FEB. 7 AND NEW ORLEANS 26TH ANNUAL SECONDLINE PARADE KICKOFF TO MARDI GRAS ON FEB. 9
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