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.
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.
What we mostly did in New Orleans…