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Mardi Gras Indians


Mardi Gras Indians

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On Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras Indians come out of their respective neighborhoods and converge underneath the Claiborne overpass, the nexus of Mardi Gras for much of the black community. In a picture from 2013, Big Chief Victor Harris of Fi Yi Yi (also known as the Mandingo Warriors), walks down St. Bernard Avenue as the rain starts to fall. Two men stretched out plastic sheeting to protect his suit as the chief shouted one of his chants.

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Super Sunday in NOLA is a one-of-a-kind experience! The legendary Mardi Gras Indians parade through the streets showcasing their elaborate, handmade suits. And everywhere else it's just Sunday.

Mardi Gras Indians are known for brilliant costumes, traditional music and marching, although parade routes are kept secret for these African-American krewes. Tribes often gather in the same areas each year, spots like Bayou St. John at Orleans Avenue in Mid-City and Orleans and North Claiborne near Armstrong Park.

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It is a special treat to see Mardi Gras Indians on Mardi Gras Day.

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Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans on Super Sunday 2010.

Intricate costumes for the Mardi Gras Indian Children in New Orleans. (photo from flickr, courtesy of Heather Frechette)

Mardi Gras Indian in New Orleans. (photo from flickr courtesy of Kris Arnold)

Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans.

Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. (Image from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes.)

Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. (Image from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes.)

Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. (Image from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes.)

Saints inspired Mardi Gras Indian in New Orleans. (Image from flickr, courtesy of RPhotos)

Mardi Gras Indians in New Orleans. (Photos from flickr, courtesy of GreenElent)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2012 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Offbeat Magazine.)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2012 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Offbeat Magazine.)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2012 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Offbeat Magazine.)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2012 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Offbeat Magazine.)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2012 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Offbeat Magazine)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2010 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes)

Mardi Gras Indian in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday 2010 in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes)

Mardi Gras Indian on Super Sunday in New Orleans. (Photo from flickr, courtesy of Groovescapes)