Kerns aplenty at hearing this week over control of Mardi Gras float empire – NOLA.com


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Kerns aplenty at hearing this week over control of Mardi Gras float empire
NOLA.comAgreeing to the informality, the judge mentioned that his own name might compound such a mix-up.

“We’ve got a couple of Kerns,” he said. “We’ve got Blaine Kern. We’ve got Barry Kern. And we’ve got Kern Reese. We need to identify for the record which Kern we’re talking about today.”

Judge Kern Reese

Judge Kern Reese

Later, when Blaine Kern took the stand, the man who has referred to himself as Mr. Mardi Gras since he founded his float-building enterprise 55 years ago stated his full name for the record: Blaine Salvador Jude Kern Sr.

The introduction prompted the judge to reveal that his first name has long prompted his friends and associates around town to refer to him by the Mardi Gras mogul’s moniker.

“I’ve been called Blaine all my life,” Reese said.

“You’re not my kid, are ya?” the Carnival impresario quipped.

Replied the judge: “We’re all related in New Orleans.

Court orders Blaine Kern to turn over control to son

WWL First News - ‎Apr 4, 2012‎
A New Orleans Civil District Court judge today ordered Blaine Kern Sr. to turn over control of the family’s float-building empire to his son Barry. The ruling by Judge Kern Reese found that the October 2010 agreement between father and son to turn

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