Species: American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)
Debut: Carnival, 2011
Alligator Art Bike Biography: Mahalia, named for New Orleans’ celebrated ‘Queen of Gospel’ and civil rights activist, Mahalia Jackson. This two-seater (tandem), alligator tricycle has appeared in dozens of New Orleans parades, festivals, events, commercials, films and television. Artist and environmental activist, Katrina Brees was inspired to sculpt the 14 foot alligator by real-life, New Orleans alligators. Using cardboard beer boxes, several New Orleans yellow pages and paints left over from art projects gone by, Mahalia was born from the bayou and land-fill rescued materials. Her weathered vintage, custom tricycle adds to her beauty.
Book for a parade, film production or event: Contact Katrina Brees 504.905.2830 firstname.lastname@example.org