The City of Slidell is honored to host “Slidell’s Big Shot: Zulu Big Shot
2023 Meets Slidell Royalty” a Mardi Gras costume exhibit featuring
Terrance McGuire’s Zulu Big Shot costume. His wife Hyacinth’s costume
will also be on display, along with other Zulu memorabilia.
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club was formed in 1909 and the Krewe
is known for their colorful floats and elaborate costumes. Their signature
throw, hand-painted coconuts, are highly sought after each year.
Zulu’s Big Shot character was created in the 1930’s by member Paul E.
Johnson. The role of the Big Shot is to one-up the King, by throwing more
elaborate parties and wearing flashy clothing. The Big Shot is second
only to the King.
Mardi Gras costumes worn by Slidell Mardi Gras royalty will also be on
display. The costumes are on loan from the Slidell Mardi Gras Museum,
from the collection of museum curator Bonnie Vanney.
“Terrance is the first Zulu Big Shot from Slidell and we are honored to
have the opportunity to display his costume in the City of Slidell,” said
Slidell Mayor Greg Cromer. “I would like to thank Terrance and his family,
Bonnie Vanney and the Slidell Mardi Gras Museum, and the staff of the
Dept. of Cultural & Public Affairs for putting together this exhibit for
The opening reception will be held at 5 p.m. in conjunction with the City
of Slidell’s 29th annual Arts Evening, a large art block party featuring
artists, live entertainment, fine and casual dining and unique shopping
opportunities in Olde Towne Slidell. Both events take place on Saturday,
April 15, 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.