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Finishing touches go on crown for King of Bacchus

POSTED: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 12:14pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 10:44pm

While New Orleans officials are gearing up for the Carnival, one shop in Alabama is putting the finishing touches on the King Bacchus crown.

You want sparkle? Glamour? You want to make your Mardi Gras King and Queen look like they rule the world, not just carnival?

May we suggest visiting a little workshop and showroom in mobile, Alabama?

Every year, hundreds of kings and queens from royalty all over the country, come to Mobile and Dynasty Collection to get their royal finery, crowns and such, and all of them are very special, but every year there is one group of particular notice that arrives."

"The reason being is it's always a celebrity," Tanya Cain, a staff member at Dynasty Collection, explained.

Cain is talking about New Orleans' Krewe of Bacchus. For the past four year, she and her husband Tommy, and mom and dad, Jim and Jane Rhinewalt, have been building the Bacchus King's crown, and one for his queen, as well.

"Actually, our first celebrity with Bacchus was Val Kilmer, and the next year was really exciting was Drew Brees," Cain recalled.

This year the King of Bacchus is comedian and actor Will Ferrell. This year, the Bacchus crown will be his, literally.

Tommy Cain designed the crown with two important points in mind; 2012 is the Louisiana bicentennial, and a reminder that Bacchus is the God of Win.

"I used antique fleur de lis. I used the smooth in the back, and we layered it," Tommy Cain said when explaining the design of the crown. “The other thing I used was leaves from the grape leaves, because Bacchus is the God of Wine."

The next time you see the bedazzled beauty, it won't be in a box but rather perched on the head of royalty.

The Krewe of Bacchus rolls in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 19.

For a full list of other parades happening in the New Orleans and surrounding areas, click here.

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