Errol Laborde is the executive vice president and editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. The winner of over 20 New Orleans Press Club awards, Laborde is a three-time winner of the Alex Waller Award, the highest award given in print journalism by the Press Club. In 2013 Laborde won a national award from the City & Regional Magazine Association for column writing, and he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Orleans Press Club in 2016. Laborde’s most recent books are New Orleans: The First 300 Years, Mardi Gras: Chronicles of the New Orleans Carnival, and Krewe: The Early Carnival from Comus to Zulu. Laborde holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of New Orleans. He is a founder of the The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival and served as its first president.