When last we saw photos of CNN newscaster Anderson Cooper out and about with his male friend (and rumored love interest) Benjamin Maisani, it was Summer of last year and the guys were biking together in NYC. This week, the pair showed up in New Orleans, LA to partake of the Mardi Gras celebrations going on there. Anderson and his BFF Kelly Ripa presided over a Mardi Gras parade as Grand Marshals and Coop brought along Benjamin for a ride in the float. Ain’t that just cute?
Anderson Cooper Brought His Boyfriend to Mardi GrasAnderson Cooper was one of the grand masters of the Endymion parade yesterday, one of the largest in New Orleans annual Mardi Gras celebration. But he couldn’t do it alone. No, he brought his “companion” along for the ride. Cooper, Kelly Ripa (New York’s A-gay fag hag numero uno), and her husband Mark Consuelos presided over the parade yesterday as grand marshals and partied at the New Orleans Convention Center the night before during the coronation ceremony. That’s where this picture of The Coop and his main man, Benjamin Maisani was snapped. To up the queer factor, we hear Bravo honcho Andy Cohen was rolling with the group, too. It makes perfect sense for Ben to be there. He’s the perfect Mardi Gras “companion,” because he has no compunction about going shirtless in public.
It has long been rumored that Andy and Ben are romantically involved but Anderson has never confirmed the speculation, as is his right. Clearly the folks at Gawker seem pretty certain what is going on betwixt Anderson and Benjamin but, again, it’s all merely speculative. That being said, we know what is going on here. As long as Anderson is happy, it doesn’t matter who he chooses to celebrate Mardi Gras with. It looks like the boys had a blast … despite being all buttoned up in those suits. My guess is that the guys got down to more dressed down fun elsewhere … and out of sight.