What Do Indians Have to Do With Mardi Gras?

July 15 2009

For those who aren't familiar with the variety of traditions surrounding Mardi Gras, one of the most colorful and interesting is usually the Mardi Gras Indians. People want to know how it started and what it all means! There's no simple way to explain it, but here are a few places to get started. Before you know it, you'll have a good idea of what the Mardi Gras Indians are all about!

1. Our Mardi Gras Indians page. We've got some very interesting info about the traditions and "how it all works".

2. Videos of Mardi Gras Indians.

3. Books about Mardi Gras Indians. The book Mardi Gras Indians is a wonderful place to begin, and the book Big Chief Harrison and the Mardi Gras Indians is a biography that will allow you to see through the eyes of a former Chief.

These are some good resources to get you started. But there's only one way to really see what the Mardi Gras Indians are all about: come to New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and see for yourself!


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