Patricia Clarkson readies for Mardi Gras

February 15, 2012 6:27:25 AM PST
Actress Patricia Clarkson is scheduled to arrive in New Orleans on Wednesday, setting the stage for the all-women Krewe of Muses parade to roll Thursday night.

Muses kicks off a string of star-studded parades leading up to Mardi Gras on Tuesday. The pop-rock band Maroon 5 rides in Endymion Saturday night, while comedian-actor Will Ferrell is king of Bacchus which rolls Sunday night, and rocker Bret Michaels joins Grammy-winning singer Cyndi Lauper in Orpheus on Monday.

Clarkson is the New Orleans-born star of the 2010 thriller "Shutter Island." She will be riding in the Muses parade aboard a red fiber-optic-lit float shaped like a high-heeled shoe. Like other Muses riders, Clarkson will be handing out coveted high-heeled shoes decorated with glitter, beads and feathers to revelers along the parade route.