Ian Somerhalder passing out 'The Vampire Diaries' beads at Mardi Gras

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Is Damon the next "The Vampire Diaries" character heading over to "The Originals" for a crossover episode? Nope, but Ian Somerhalder is heading over to New Orleans ... just minus the fangs.

Somerhalder is set to bring some "TVD" love to his hometown of New Orleans during Mardi Gras. He will serve as co-grand marshal with "The Walking Dead" star Norman Reedus during Mardi Gras' main event, the Krewe of Endymion Parade and Extravaganza.

And here's the best part: On Saturday (March 1), Somerhalder will pass out "TVD" beads to fans on the streets. "I am so excited to be coming back to my hometown to ride with Endymion," Somerhalder tells EW. "I am so grateful. It's truly an honor."

Who's up for a quick trip to New Orleans?

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