Arts & Entertainment
May 17th, 2012
By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune
The Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club plans to purchase the former Schwegmann Giant Super Market building at 300 N. Broad St., representing a major expansion for one of Carnival’s most storied krewes and removing a pocket of blight on an important commercial corridor. “The preliminary documents have been signed, and it has been approved by the membership and Zulu board,” krewe spokesman Stephen Rue said, responding to a query about a Twitter posting that went out on the group’s official Twitter feed earlier in the day.
Zulu’s headquarters are currently at 732 N. Broad, where the krewe operates a function hall, cocktail bar, kitchen, offices and conference room. It sells throws and other memorabilia at 734 N. Broad.
The group plans to move its lounge, party space, offices and memorabilia shop to the former grocery building, which will offer plenty of safe parking for Zulu members and will allow Zulu characters such as Big Shot, Mr. Big Stuff and the Witch Doctor to hold events on site.
Fulfilling a long-time dream, Zulu also plans to build a museum at the new location with memorabilia that club historian Clarence Becknell and others have been collecting for years. “The tour buses can now come,” Rue said.