Friday, January 6, 2011
Mr. Lester Washington, a resident of Garyville, LA was elected to lead the 2012 Zulu Ambassador’s Krewe for the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. As Zulu Ambassador, Mr. Washington will serve as the community liaison throughout the New Orleans area. Washington has been affiliated with Zulu for about twenty-five years, making his first float ride in 1986. “I was introduced to one of the Zulu characters, Mr. Byron Mercier (“Ambassador” 2000), who asked me to become a member that year. I became very interested in becoming a part of this wonderful group. With a very long waiting list, it took nearly ten years for me to become an associate member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club,” Washington explained of his introduction to Zulu.
The “Ambassador” character was created in the 1970’s and is Zulu’s ranking government diplomat in “foreign lands”. His role is to represent Zulu in all matters of the state. The “Ambassador” is one of seven characters who along with the King and its five hundred male members make up the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Washington first decided to be an associate member in 1996 and served on the carnival coordinating committee. In 2003 he became a member. “After many years of participation and involvement, I notified members of the Ambassador group of my interest in “Ambassador” in 2009. Fortunately, I ran unopposed and was chosen as the 2012 Ambassador,” said Washington. The club is active in community events such as the Adopt-a-School program and contributes to scholarship funds and other community organizations. “As Ambassador, I attend a variety of events and speak at functions. Sometimes we present the history of Zulu and other times we speak on their topic of choice,” he added.
The Krewe of Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club will begin rolling on Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans at 8:00 a.m. The “Ambassador” will ride on float number three with approximately sixty Krewe members. The parade will feature special throws including their popular decorative coconuts, custom Zulu beads, and teddy bears. Through loyalty, love and dedication, the Krewe of Zulu continues to grow and write many chapters of history. To become involved in the Krewe of Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club visit the Krewe of Zulu website at www.kreweofzulu.com for more information or contact Lester Washington, www.lwashingtonzulu.com.