Down in New Orleans

I’ll be honest. I did more eating (and drinking) than taking photos in New Orleans. It’s what you’re supposed to do as a proper tourist and there’s a LOT of specialities to get through. Gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, beignets, red beans and rice, po-boys, muffulettas….and then you also have to take advantage of the delightful open container law of the City of New Orleans.

It's in the details. Pretty NOLA pharmacy. French Quarter.
It’s in the details. Pretty NOLA pharmacy. French Quarter.
Fast sugar hands. Beignet making at Cafe Du Monde. French Quarter.
Fast sugar hands. Beignet making at Cafe Du Monde. French Quarter.
Cemetery wall. Garden District.
Cemetery wall. Garden District.
Corner of Camp & Jackson. I really loved these street titles, helpful too!
Corner of Camp & Jackson. Garden District. I really loved these street titles, helpful too!
Street trombone. French Quarter.
Street trombone. French Quarter.
Sunset on Camp St. Lower Garden District.
Sunset on Camp St. Lower Garden District.

Mardi Gras Indians

The Mardi Gras Indians are largely comprised of communities of African-Americans from inner city New Orleans. Each tribe, there are about 38, has a Sunday a year to lead a second line but the Mardi Gras is what it’s all about. And most important is who makes the best, most colourful, most amazing costume. The Big Chiefs can spend upwards of $20,000 on their costumes and all must be hand made. Which means each tiny bead is hand threaded and sewn on by a army of creators every year. You can’t recycle a costume.  There is no prize for winning, just the glory.

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a treasure trove of cultural history on the Mardi Gras Indians. Here are some detail shots of some past winners.

2003 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2003 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2003 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2003 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2006 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2006 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2006 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi
2006 Big Chief, Mandigo Warriors, Spirit of Fi-Yi-Yi

What we mostly did in New Orleans…

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Jazz & Pimms. In line at Preservation Hall.
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Friday Happy Hour at Brennan’s. Gift money well spent. Thanks Kate 🙂

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