"I am honored to be a part of the Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans this year," Spears said in a statement released Monday. "It is so important for this amazing city to continue its annual traditions and I am really looking forward to being involved."
The city recovering from Hurricane Katrina kicks off Mardi Gras on Feb. 18.
Spears, a native of Kentwood, La., will be toting "surprises for a group of very deserving young residents," ABC said.
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