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

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

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!