News Reporters in New Orleans dress up as ‘Princess and the Frog’ characters for Mardi Gras

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Not unlike those employees who dress like Santa or elves when they are scheduled to work on Christmas Day, the news team at WWL-TV, a CBS News affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana, dressed up for Mardi Gras. And who would they dress up as for Mardi Gras, you might ask?

Well, for starters, characters from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, of course! Payton Malone, Chef Kevin Belton, and Eric Paulsen from the WWL-TV New Orleans news team dressed up as Ray (“his name Raymond, ev’rybody call him Ray”), Prince Naveen, Princess Tiana, and Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

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And they can dance too! Here they are along the parade route, moving and grooving to music being played as the floats go by.

But wait; there’s more! Another trio from the WWL-TV team got into the Mardi Gras spirit by dressing up also. Each member of this team dressed up in the likeness of a Marvel character. They are the Eyewitness News Avengers for the Mardi Gras celebration: Charisse Gibson, Katie Moore, and John Franklin.

Devin Bartolotta and WWL-TV Meteorologist Michelle Morgan didn’t go for the usual character dress-up; instead, they opted to create costumes that look like floats. Tandem floats, that is. And they can sing! Here they are singing Britney’s Spears’ “Oops! I Did it Again!”

Another pair from the WWL-TV news team who participated in Mardi Gras coverage went for AFC Richmond’s Head Coach and Owner, Ted Lasso and Rebecca Welton from the Apple TV+ series, Ted Lasso.

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WWL-TV’s Brooke Kirchhofer channeled her inner WandaVision vibes and arrived to celebrate Mardi Gras dressed as Marvel’s Wanda Maximoff. Her friend is dressed as Wanda’s husband Vision.

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It looks like a good time was had by all–so much so, that we’re thinking next year, we’ll just get our news from the WWL-TV news team in New Orleans!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!