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Super Sunday Mardi Gras Indians

New Orleans Cultural Traditions

Red beans and rice on Monday. Jazz funerals. Baby Dolls and debutante balls. New Orleans is a city of habits that over the centuries have evolved into venerable traditions. Such things start small: a brass band jam beneath a Claiborne Avenue overpass, an irreverent Carnival krewe inspired by Star Wars, a Poland Avenue gathering spot that goes from good idea to iconic Sunday night. How ever a New Orleans tradition is born, once established, it becomes cherished – a thing to dote upon and defend. Discover some of New Orleans oldest and newest rituals here. 

  • Colorful costumes, lively dancing and joyful music fill the streets of New Orleans when the Mardi Gras Indians parade.
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  • The jazz funeral celebrates life and mourns death. New Orleanians use music as a way to "cut loose" and help heal. 
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  • Second lining has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form – a jazz funeral without a body.” At one time, second line parades were mostly associated with social aid and...
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  • Enslaved West African brought Voodoo to New Orleans, where it mixed with Catholic rituals and gained popularity among Haitian followers. 
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  • Experience soulful music and lavish buffets at gospel brunches all over New Orleans. Learn the history, when and where to celebrate, here
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  • African Americans have celebrated Juneteenth as a commemoration of freedom since President Lincoln ended slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation. 
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  • Strutting and jumping and high-stepping beneath their decorated parasols – blowing whistles and waving feathered fans – New Orleans social aid and pleasure clubs unify communities and...
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  • Every March 19 th  New Orleans Catholics celebrate St. Joseph’s Day by constructing elaborate altars to honor the relief St. Joseph provided during a famine in Sicily.
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