Mardi Gras parade rolls at Sundance

Photo by MILES MORTENSENArea actress Shanna Forrestall, center, parades as queen of the Mardi Gras parade at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Show caption
Photo by MILES MORTENSENArea actress Shanna Forrestall, center, parades as queen of the Mardi Gras parade at the recent Sundance Film Festival.

When a Mardi Gras parade rolled at the recent Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, area actress Shanna Forrestall wore the queen’s crown, a plastic crawfish.

Forrestall, a Louisiana native and New Orleans resident, helped the Louisiana International Film Festival and Mentorship Program kick off its inaugural season at the parade, which started on Main Street and ended inside local restaurant Ciseros. The parade and party drew hundreds of people, and was led by jazzman Jonathan Batiste and his band Stay Human.

Forrestall’s dress was fashioned by New Orleans clothes designer John Joseph Delgadillo, and her jewelry by designer Shane Scallan, of Sellfish Jewelry, also in New Orleans.

Musician Alexander Antebi of the group Conquistador was parade king.

“As a Louisiana native, I was thrilled to be invited to represent Louisiana at Sundance. I was honored to be the queen of the LIFF Mardi Gras Sundance parade, and to be at the epicenter of this great event celebrating film with a fusion of music, fashion, creative energy and Louisiana culture,” Forrestall said.

The actress will be featured in Olympus Has Fallen, an $80 million feature film shot in Shreveport, and opening in theaters in March 22.