POSTED: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 12:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 11:50pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — Mardi Gras season is right around the corner and the announcements are beginning to roll in regarding who will serve as the Kings and Queens for various Krewes.
Today, actor/comedian Will Ferrell officially announced that he will reign as Bacchus XXIV for 2012. The announcement was made at Mardi Gras World just after 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 15.
Ferrell is currently in New Orleans working on a new film project called “Dog Fight,” which includes current “SNL” member Jason Sudeikis.
Ferrell joins a list of recent Bacchus monarchs that includes Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini, Michael Keaton and Nicolas Cage.
Other comedians who have reigned as the god of wine over the years include Bob Hope, Phil Harris, Billy Crystal, Jim Belushi, Drew Carey and Dom DeLuise.
The first Bacchus was actor Danny Kaye, who reigned in 1969.