Tag Archives: Mardi Gras

Obama’s social secretary was Zulu queen – twice

From Gawker:

More details are emerging about Desiree Rogers, Obama’s Social Director.  Another Chicago friend of the Obama’s who has moved to D. C., Ms. Rogers was a New Orleans Zulu queen, twice.

desiree-rogers1Born in New Orleans in 1959. Rogers’s father, Roy Glapion, helped revive the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, one of the krewes which run the city’s Carnival. Rogers served as the krewe’s Zulu queen in 1988 and again in 2000, a few months after her father’s death. According to the HistoryMakers website, she has adopted the city’s unofficial motto, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” (let the good times roll), as  her own.

****

zulu_ball_5

Shown here during her 2000 reign as Zulu Queen Mrs. Desiree’ Glapion-Rogers still holds the spotlight

Zulu celebrated the 100th anniversary of its 1909 founding with a yearlong exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum in the French Quarter.  The club is proud Desiree Glapion Rogers, Queen Zulu 2000, was appointed to President Barack Obama’s staff.

Walk into “From Tramps to Kings: 100 Years of Zulu,” a new exhibit at the Louisiana State Museum’s Presbytère, and the first thing you will see — alongside several familiar 10-foot tribal parade figures, towering even without their floats — is one of the finest Mardi Gras gowns ever made.

Designed by the renowned Colombo family it was worn by 2000 Queen Desiree Glapion Rogers.

 

zulu_ball_101

See previous post on Desiree Rogers Here.

UPDATE:  Desiree Roger replaced by Julianna Smoot in March of 2010.

http://www.daylife.com/article/0fxK6Kz2tL0TZ?q=Julianna+Smoot

Posted:  02.16.09

1 Comment

Filed under Human Interest, Michelle Obama, politics, President Barack Obama, Uncategorized