Will Ferrell named king of Bacchus in 2012
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Popular comedian Will Ferrell has been picked as the King of Bacchus 2012.
The krewe of the popular Carnival season parade announced the choice Thursday.
Ferrell rose to fame on "Saturday Night Live" and has had a string of movie hits including "Talladega Nights," ''Old School," and "Anchorman."
Ferrell is currently in New Orleans shooting the movie "Dog Fight."
Ferrell joins a list of recent Bacchus monarchs that includes Andy Garcia, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini, Michael Keaton and Nicolas Cage.
Other comedians who have reigned as the god of wine over the years include Bob Hope, Phil Harris, Billy Crystal, Jim Belushi, Drew Carey and Dom DeLuise.
The first Bacchus was actor Danny Kaye, who reigned in 1969.
Next year's parade will roll on Feb. 19.