Mardi Gras Indians

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

Mardi Gras Indian music tonight on The Kitchen Sink

Tue, 02/21/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Indians a-comin'! Tune in to tonight's edition of The Kitchen Sink (10p-12a) to hear nothing but Mardi Gras Indian music.  Listen live  Read more

St. Joseph's Night

Sun, 03/19/17
St. Joseph's Night 2017. Interview with Donald Harrison, and photos from recent St Joseph's nights. Read more

Uptown Super Sunday

Sun, 03/19/17
Uptown Super Sunday. Includes Action Jackson's interview with Chief Howard of the Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians. Read more

The Art of the Mardi Gras Indians in Shreveport

Sun, 02/05/17
Authored by Carrie Booher
Hey, 'OZ fans in and around Shreveport! Artspace is hosting an exhibit now through March 11 featuring 10 hand-beaded Indian suits with headdresses, crowns, blankets and embellishments; and a beading and sewing workshop taught to the community by Big Chief Miller of Creole W... Read more

Big Chief David Montana of Washitaw Nation Mardi Gras Indians

Fri, 01/06/17
Big Chief David Montana, preparing for Mardi Gras, talks about the challenges of keeping the Mardi Gras Indian traditions alive. Read more

In Memoriam Mercedes "Queen Mercy" Stevenson

Fri, 08/12/16
Mercedes "Miss Mercy" Stevenson is one of the first Big Queens of the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, founded by legendary vocalist George "Jolly" Landry. The early Wild Tchoupitoulas Queens wore headdresses, carried fans, and liberally added velvet, marabous, and be... Read more

Takin' It to the Streets

Tue, 03/01/16
Takin' It to the Streets® is WWOZ's coverage of second line and Mardi Gras Indian events.   This week: C.T.C. Steppers Second Line Parade Sunday, February 25 at 12p   Check out these recent Takin' It To The Streets interviews.   See the route sheet below.   Scroll down ... Read more

December: Malon McGee

Tue, 12/15/15
 From an article with Little Queen Malon McGee from the Times-Picayune, 2014: "Sometimes when I'm doing my homework, I just pick up a needle and start sewing," Malon said. "And then I get back to doing my homework. I have to manage the time."Malon hopes to attend Southern o... Read more

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