Mardi Gras

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CD  Kelcy Mae (real name Kelcy D. Wilburn) has just released her second full-length album, Pennies in Hand. Wilburn’s lilting vocals set against soulful – sometimes mournful – instrumentation, replete with jaunty banjo and ukulele, synthesize a charming aural canvas, blending components…

Mardi Gras Rhythms

There are two different strands to the music of Carnival in Louisiana - both can get you moving

Carnival in New Orleans

Pictured here are members of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. If it is true that blondes have more fun, what can be assumed, from this picture, about people whose hair is pink…

Masquerade

As our carriage approached the building that houses the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu in Lake Charles, a group of masked revelers was waiting in the parking lot. When the mule stopped, the revelers approached us and began tossing…

Mardi Gras 2011

In 2011 Mardi Gras falls on March 8.  With Twelfth Night always on January 6th (the feast of the three kings) that makes this one of the longest stretches for Mardi Gras partying in a long time.There will be 62…

Carnival’s Big Band Sound

My Dad played for 50 Comus [balls]. He even had a specially made gold tails jacket he wore just for that.” Henri Louapre’s father was René Louapre, conductor of the René Louapre Society Orchestra, a mainstay of the New Orleans…

Krewe du View

For most New Orleanians, Mardi Gras represents the magic of the Cresent City. For most filmmakers, it represents a bizarre world.

When Zulu Saved Mardi Gras

During the bad days shortly after Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin went to Atlanta where he met with a group of black displaced New Orleanians. The crowd had the concerns that might be expected with their lives uprooted and the…