Errol Laborde is executive vice president and editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. He has won over 20 New Orleans Press Club awards, including the Alex Waller Award three times and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He is also the recipient of the 2013 City & Regional Magazine Association award for column writing. His books include 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.