Mardi Gras Indians

Skull & Bones Gang in the Street: Tricentennial Music Moment

Wed, 02/07/18
Early on Mardi Gras Day, the very first thing you may hear is drumming and chanting. In the dimness of the light you may see skeletons walking down your street. It’s the Skull & Bone Gang, reminding you just how short your time may be. Read more

5 things to know for 2/2 - 2/8

Fri, 02/02/18
Authored by Carrie Booher
1) Parade time! Cork, Oshun, and Cleopatra are on Friday Uptown. Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret, Sparta, Pygmalion, 'tit Rex, Chewbacchus, and Mystic Knights of Adonis are on Saturday. Femme Fatale, Carrollton, King Arthur and Merlin, All, and Barkus are on Sunday. Druids a... Read more

Video from the weekend of Jan. 26-28, 2018: Krewe du Vieux, Ladies of Unity + more

Mon, 01/29/18
New Orleans was hopping with the first big parades of the season this weekend, plus the Ladies and Men of Unity Second Line Parade on Sunday! Check out these video highlights of Krewe du Vieux, krewedelusion, and the second line parade as captured by the WWOZ video team. Ac... Read more

New library exhibit: Queens, Baby Dolls, and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs

Sun, 12/31/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
A new exhibition of photographs and ceremonial attire of women who participate in the community-based customs of the Black Masking/Mardi Gras Indian, Baby Doll, and Social Aid & Pleasure Club traditions will be on display at the Main Library Branch (219 Loyola Ave) from Jan... Read more

Video: Cyril Neville & Swamp Funk 'Big Chief Jolly'

Sun, 11/19/17
It's a big weekend at Tipitina's as the famed venue hosts "A Neville Family Groove: Celebrating 40 Years of Music at Tipitina's with the First Family of Funk" on Friday, November 24 and "The Funkin' Truth: Celebrating 40 Years of Music at Tipitina's with Grammy Lifetime Awa... Read more

5 things to know for 3/3-3/9

Fri, 03/03/17
1) Mardi Gras is over (check out the photo highlights) and we're quickly heading towards festival season! YLC's Wednesday at the Square announced their lineup last week. Irma Thomas will open this free weekly concert series at Lafayette Square on March 15. French Quarter Fe... Read more

St. Joseph's Night and Super Sunday 2017

Fri, 02/24/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
"The legendary Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans can be seen in all their splendor on Fat Tuesday, the one day of the year they're allowed to run wild in the streets from dawn to dark. But there's another Crescent City holiday, celebrated every March 19th, that brings the I... Read more

Mardi Gras song profile: 'Indian Red'

Fri, 02/24/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into the Mardi Gras Indian classic, 'Indian Red,' a song with a storied history and a footnote as being one of the first Mardi Gras Indian recordings. In 1976, Big Chi... Read more

Mardi Gras song profile: 'Handa Wanda'

Thu, 02/23/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into Wilson 'Willie Tee' Turbinton's and Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias song 'Handa Wanda' through conversations with the men, now both deceased. In 1969,... Read more

Mardi Gras Song Profile: 'New Suit'

Wed, 02/22/17
In this series, we're featuring classic Mardi Gras songs and the stories behind them. This episode delves into Wilson 'Willie Tee' Turbinton's and Big Chief Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias' song 'New Suit' through conversations with the writers, now both deceased. The men... Read more

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