John Larroquette has been selected to reign as Bacchus XXVII, the Roman god of wine, at a pre-Mardi Gras parade in 1995, continuing a tradition of celebrity monarchs when he appears in the Feb. 26 parade.

The parade's line of celebrity monarchs began in 1969 with Danny Kaye.*****


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Actor Ossie Davis 77

Rock star Keith Richards 51

Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg 47