This week, New Orleans is letting the good times roll during its annual Mardi Gras celebration, but Magic Kingdom guests can get a small taste the festivities every day as part of the “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” stage show. In one of its scenes, Goofy introduces the audience to his new friends from “The Land of the Bewitching Bayous,” including some familiar faces from “The Princess and the Frog.” In addition to Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, Louis the alligator also joins in, bringing the sound of “The Big Easy” to the Castle Forecourt Stage by playing some New Orleans jazz on his trumpet. Louis no doubt has a soft spot for Mari Gras, not just because of his love of jazz, but because its parade was the first place he got to perform for a willing human audience.
Although he had longed dreamed of “jammin’ with the big boys,” Louis’ reptilian appearance always sent people running whenever he brought out his trumpet. However, while in traveling on a riverboat to New Orleans with Tiana and Naveen, he was mistaken to be part of a group of costumed musician heading into the city to appear in the big parade and ended up joining their jazz band. Later on, Louis did indeed get to play with these musicians in the Mardi Gras parade, but he cut the performance short after noticing his friend Ray the firefly was in trouble, revealing the fact that he was a real gator in the process. His time in the Mardi Gras spotlight may have been brief, but Louis and his trumpet skills have now fortunately found a new audience at Magic Kingdom, another place where “dreams do come true” just like in New Orleans.