Actress and beloved icon Betty White would have turned 100 on Monday, if she hadn’t died on New Year’s Eve. In her honor, New Orleans residents staged one of the first parades through the French Quarter since the pandemic began two years ago. The Betty White Memorial and 100th Birthday Parade was held on Sunday.
The parade was led by Santa Claus, who organized the event (really). There was a brass band, Betty White fans in costume carrying signs, and plenty of pets. Betty White was a lifelong advocate for animal welfare, and the parade raised funds for the Villalobos Rescue Center in her honor. You can bet there was plenty of music. In addition to the usual New Orleans parade marches, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday,” “Thank You for Being a Friend,” and ended with an emotional rendition of “I’ll Fly Away.” Read about the parade and see plenty of pictures at Fodor’s Travel. -Thanks, Bicycle Bill!
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