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Damon Salvatore may reside in Mystic Falls on The Vampire Diaries, but Louisiana-born portrayer Ian Somerhalder will be heading down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras to co-grand marshal the big day with The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus. Basically it’s the supernatural jackpot we’ve been waiting for all of our lives.

Ian is from Covington, Louisiana and told Entertainment Weekly just how excited he is to head up the festivities. “I am so excited to be coming back to my hometown to ride with Endymion,” Ian said. “I am so grateful. It’s truly an honor.” Ian has always been proud of where he’s from and even opted to get photographed on his family’s property out in the bayou for his sexy Condé Nast Traveler photoshoot.

Ian and Norman will serve as co-grand marshals during Mardi Gras’ main event, the Krewe of Endymion Parade & Extravaganza. And in typical Mardi Gras tradition, Ian will be tossing out beads during the parade. And these aren’t your average beads, they’re red and have a Vampire Diaries emblem in to take it to the next level.

Hopefully Ian doesn’t run into Klaus Mikaelson while in NOLA. That would certainly make things interesting.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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