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Blakeview: Ed Muniz 

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  It's appropriate that one of the best-known movers and shakers of New Orleans Mardi Gras — Ed Muniz — marks his 75th birthday Tuesday (Feb. 10), just a week before Fat Tuesday. Born and raised in Gentilly, Muniz is founder of the superkrewe Endymion, known for its extravagant parades, and he is the only captain that group has ever had. He grew the krewe from a modest neighborhood group into the behemoth it is today. When Endymion first rolled in 1967, it rented the Krewe of Carrollton's floats. When it parades this Saturday from City Park to the Superdome, its supersized floats will carry more than 2,800 riders and draw thousands of spectators to the route. Riding near the head of the procession (as he has since the first parade) will be Muniz, whose career includes owning a radio station, serving as Kenner mayor (2006-2010), Kenner councilman (1980-1986) and Jefferson Parish councilman (1987-2003). Happy Birthday, Captain!

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