Wednesday, March 23, 2011

News - Pete Fountain, Mardi Gras 2011 and the Half-Fast Walkng Club

Pete Fountain Celebrates Another Year on the Avenue
Report by WWL TV

He's usually the first attraction of the day on the Uptown parade route for Mardi Gras and today was no exception. New Orleans treasure Pete Fountain lead his Half-Fast Walking Club right down the St. Charles route, making this year 51.

Pete Fountain talks to WWL's Chris Miller about the 51st year with the Half-Fast Walking Club:

''It's my day, it's my day, I enjoy being around the guys and the musicians, just everything,'' Fountain explained.

Watch Pete Fountain as the Half-Fast Walking Club begins its trek down St. Charles:

Fountain will be 81 years old in July and said he has no intention of quitting,
hoping next Mardi Gras will be another good one.

''Have a good day and see you on the road. On the route? On the road.''

He is a world famous clarinetist, but most locals just know him as Pete,
and as a wonderfully nice guy.

Video courtesy of WWL TV.

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