Friday, February 1, 2013

Black Mardi Gras Indians

The eccentric and vibrant customs of New Orleans proves it to be, one of the great cultural metropolises in America— from the Creole and Cajun people to the Creole and Cajun cuisine; from the swamps, to the French Quarter to Bourbon Street. And, finally, to the famous day that freaks are not merely accepted, but commended— Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday! All fun! All intriguing!


The best part of my culture, for me, is the Black Mardi Gras Indians! A tradition for over a century— its origin is blurred; however, most believe this...that Africans began dressing in Native American garb to show homage toward another downtrodden people; a people whom assisted runaway slaves and at times intermarried.

Today the tradition still lives— and is prominent on Mardi Gras day, especially, beneath the Claiborne Bridge in Downtown New Orleans...the thought; the vision of this occasion brings emotional pleasure to my being. To experience it is to love it; but to be a part of this way of life is a blessing!

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