Saturday Night Live alum Will Ferrell reigned as Bacchus XLIV. Ferrell is best known for his comedic roles in Elf, Anchorman, Old School, and Talladega Night: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
In his toast to the Mayor, Ferrell said, “Mayor Mitch, Thank you for being the mayor of obviously the greatest city in the world and thank you for making Mardi Gras such an enjoyable experience for not only the city of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana but the entire world and now I know what Mardi Gras truly is about.”
Bacchus honored the Louisiana Bicentennial with floats paying tribute to the Saints, Hornets, LSU, Preservation Hall and the Audubon Zoo. The parade rolled on Sunday, February 19, 2012.