January 16, 2009

New Orleans Krewe has coconut for Obama

A New Orleans Carnival Krewe, the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, hopes to present President-elect Barack Obama with a specially designed coconut.

Zulu President Charles Hamilton Jr. left for Washington by train Friday morning, with the coconut carefully packed in a Faberge egg box, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Hamilton has a good chance to make a personal presentation. Desiree Glapion Rogers, the incoming White House social secretary, is a former Zulu queen and daughter of the late Roy Glapion, who served on the City Council and was a longtime president of the club.

The coconut was painted by Keith Eccles, a New Orleans-area artist who teaches at Higgins High School in Marrero. Eccles handed it over on Thursday.

This is awesome, he said. It combines New Orleans and D.C. Red, white and blue, and black and gold.

This year, Zulu is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The club is the largest black Carnival Krewe.