New Orleans Carnival Krewes: The History, Spirit & Secrets of Mardi Gras

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New Orleans is practically synonymous with Mardi Gras. Both evoke the parades, the beads, the costumes, the food--the pomp and circumstance. The carnival krewes are the backbone of this Big Easy tradition. Every year, different krewes put on extravagant parties and celebrations to commemorate the beginning of the Lenten season. Historic krewes like Comus, Rex and Zulu that date back generations are intertwined with the greater history of New Orleans itself. Today, new krewes are inaugurated and widen a once exclusive part of New Orleans society. Through careful and detailed research of over three hundred sources, including fifty interviews with members of these organizations, author and New Orleans native Rosary O'Neill explores this storied institution, its antebellum roots and its effects in the twenty-first century.
ISBN: 9781626191549
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Louisiana
Images: 58
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Rosary O'Neill is a native New Orleanian living in New York City. She is Professor Emeritus of Drama and Speech at Loyola University of New Orleans, a recipient of five Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellowship awards, Senior Fulbright Drama Specialist and author of twenty-two plays. Rosary is a member of the Playwright Directors Workshop, Actors Studio and founder of the Southern Repertory Theatre in New Orleans, the State of Louisiana's only actor's equity theatre. Kim Marie Vaz is professor of education and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is the author of The "Baby Dolls": Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition. Her book served as the basis for a major installation on the Baby Doll tradition at the Presbytere unit of the Louisiana State Museum as part of the museum's permanent display on the history of Carnival in Louisiana.