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King cake! Get your King cake!

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10:15 a.m.: The crowds are slowly trickling in, and the DJ has just arrived. I've spent the past hour frantically cutting King cake for hungry Customers and Employees alike. As is King Cake tradition, there's a plastic baby hidden inside each doughnut-shaped treat. Usually the person who receives the baby has to bring the King Cake to the next party. But this time, they'll be entered in a drawing to win two roundtrip tickets to any Southwest city. So chew carefully--that baby could be your next ticket to freedom!

We're also giving away all sorts of Southwest goodies: sunglasses, inflatable planes, heart-shaped mints, backpacks, and pens. Trivia games are being played in select departure gates, so be sure to brush up on your 1979/Southwest knowledge.

Off to attend the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. We're thanking New Orleans for 30 groovy years, and presenting the airport leadership with a model plane.

Check out the photo below of the four original MSY employees. They've been working here since 1979. I think they each deserve a whole King Cake!

Names of Employees, left to right:

Jerome Robinson, Ops Agent

Kurt Schellhaas, Ops Supervisor 

Belinda Salas, CSA

Jimmy Robert, Ops Agent

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That is awesome stuff! They are great Employees.
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I would like to send thank's to everyone who made MSY's 30th Anniversary so special. It turned out to be a great day everyone enjoyed them selves, employees as well as passengers. I haven't danced that much in such a long time, my feet were killing me when I got home. I have to say that SWA has a bunch of wonderful Marketing people who made it all possiable. You guys did an awesome job!
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Thanks for the shout-out, Brenda! It was a blast handing out King cake (complete with plastic babies) and feeling the LUV from both Employees and Customers alike. Special thanks to Ray Buffington IV (Southwest's super star PR intern) for coordinating the event, AND wearing zebra print platform boots all day...truly an inspiration for us all.
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Wow! That sounds like fun! I wish I could have been there! I've not been to MSY since eighth grade & of course, I flew Southwest! I was born in July of 1976 & didn't know SWA began service to MSY in 1979. Thought for the day: Why are they called popsicles if they're not made out of pop? Well, I don't think they are. I'll have to look! SWA LUV! 🙂