Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras is full of secrets and the Mardi Gras Indians are as much a part of that secret society as any other carnival organization. The Mardi Gras Indians are comprised, in large part, of the blacks of New Orleans' inner cities. They have paraded for well over a century...yet their parade is perhaps the least recognized Mardi Gras tradition. Masking as an Indian means designing and creating a new costume every year. Larry Bannock wears a hand-beaded and feathered suit of original design that weighs between 100 and 150 pounds and costing upwards Of $5000 each. He wears this suit as he marches throughout the city on Mardi Gras day, meeting the other chiefs along the way. At times, he removes the heavier part of the suit, replacing it as he approaches another Indian Chief.

Larry Bannock

I'm in love with the beautiful costumes.

I hope you guys like. Ciao:)