Mardi Gras is the most fun time of the year in New Orleans and is hardly the time to be making heavy politi-cal statements. But Big Chief Alfred Doucette of the Flaming Arrows had a message he wanted to get across to the young people of the city; a message on his Indian suit during Mardi Gras 2012.
Linda Green defines her success by having always applied a variation on the Golden Rule: “If you do not love what you are doing, why do it at all?”
Globally known as “The Ya-Ka-Mein Lady,” Linda is an award-winning culi-narian who was born and raised in New Orleans. The pickup truck from which she serves her home-cooked soul food and her famous, trademarked Ya-Ka-Mein along parade routes...
Traditions are a valuable way for families to connect and create memories that last for decades. The Black masking tradition was handed down to Mary Kay Stevenson from her mother and today she honors this legacy that has been part of her life since she was a small child.
This past spring, when the COVID-19 pandemic began shutting down businesses and events throughout New Orleans, Carl Mack was on the verge of permanently shuttering his Mardi Gras Museum of Costumes and Culture in the French Quarter.
The museum with its dazzling displays and thousands of costumes, along with other Carnival memorabilia, remained closed to visitors for months but, through persistence and paperwork, Carl managed to rescue the facility.
There are many words that can be used to describe the life of Alvin Lee Johnson Senior but there are two in particu-lar that stand out above the rest. His most famous song, which has become enshrined in the Mardi Gras musical pantheon, has forever earned him the moniker of Al “Carnival Time” Johnson.
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