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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Will Ferrell celebrates Mardi Gras 2012 as King Bacchus (Photos)

Will Ferrell greets fans as he reigns as King of Bacchus in the 2012 Krewe of Bacchus Parade on Feb. 19, 2012 in New Orleans. (Skip Bolen - Getty Images)
Highly skilled NBA announcer and actor Will Ferrell helped kick off Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans over the weekend by reigning over the Krewe of Bacchus parade.

Dressed as King Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, with a crown atop his head, Ferrell tossed beads and coins into the crowd of revelers. (Update: He also threw mini cowbells.) The actor has been filming the comedy “The Campaign,” also known as “Dog Fight,” in the Louisiana city. His co-star Zach Galifianakis also rode on a float, but sadly there isn’t photographic evidence of this.

Past kings include Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini, Nicolas Cage and a number of other famous gentlemen. See more photos from the parade below.

More Mardi Gras coverage from The Post:

Fat Tuesday floats: The art of the parade

Gallery: Mardi Gras Indians unfurl their feathered headdresses

Five myths about Mardi Gras

Will Ferrell tosses beads and doubloons to fans. (Skip Bolen - Getty Images)

Will Ferrell tosses beads and doubloons to fans. (Skip Bolen - Getty Images)

Will Ferrell (Skip Bolen - Getty Images)

Will Ferrell walks through the crowd to his parade float. (Skip Bolen - Getty Images)

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