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NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Frankie Muniz will be in the middle of Mardi Gras madness.

Muniz, star of the TV sitcom ``Malcolm in the Middle,'' was named celebrity grand marshal of the Krewe of Endymion parade, one of the largest of about 50 parades that snake through New Orleans during the six-week Carnival season.

Perched atop a massive float, the 15-year-old actor will join the roughly 2,000 members of Endymion in tossing prized beads to onlookers.

Other notables in the Feb. 24 parade will be country singers Brooks and Dunn, New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett and disco group K.C. and the Sunshine Band.

The celebrity grand marshal at last year's Endymion parade was Britney Spears, a native of nearby Kentwood, La.