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Loyola documentary explores King of Carnival

March 4, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Center for Music and Arts Entrepreneurship, in conjunction with the Center for the Study of New Orleans has produced a documentary that offers an inside look at the history, tradition and backstage workings of Rex, King of Carnival.

The documentary, “Rex: Inside the School of Design,” is based on the release of a new book, “Rex: An illustrated history of the School of Design,” by Stephen Hales, M.D., who is also a Rex Official. In the book, Hales details not only the role Rex played in creating New Orleans’ carnival, but how it helped transform it from a small local celebration into the greatest free show on Earth. It’s a topic that the CSNO was eager to explore.

The Center for the Study of New Orleans is proud to present this documentary. We are very interested in the history of our city and all of its traditions and are looking forward to producing other such programs in the future," said Leslie Parr, Ph.D., director of the Center for the Study of New Orleans.

Hosted by Loyola’s director of the Center for Environmental Communication, Bob Thomas, Ph.D., the program offers an in depth peek into the Rex Organization, their traditions and the impact they continue to make on the New Orleans community.

“While Rex is a prestigious organization, they’ve also been very public and very much involved in the community, which has certainly been exemplified by the Pro Bono Publico Foundation,” Thomas said. “They continue to raise tens and tens of thousands of dollars each year that are poured back into the school system in New Orleans. The organization has raised an enormous amount of money and it all goes back to the public good."

The documentary was created by producer Braden Piper '10, executive producer and Loyola professor of Music Industry Studies John Snyder, J.D., and videographer Kurt Wulff and can be viewed online.

For more information contact Matt Lambert at 504-861-5448 or mlambert@loyno.edu.

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