New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians: Fighting with a Needle and Thread

I moved to New Orleans from France about a year ago, and have since fallen completely in love with the city, the culture, and the people, and I just had to share these pictures and a little story about the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians.

There are 38 tribes of Mardi Gras Indians that come from all around New Orleans, including the traditionally low-income areas like the 9th Ward. The Indians spend thousands of man-hours each year hand-beading and hand sewing these incredible costumes. It takes about 9 months to complete a single suit. When they are finished, they can weigh up to 100 pounds. Then they all parade around town singing, dancing, and chanting the songs of their particular tribe. The songs typically consist of a unique mixture of African/Native American dialect and musical influence.

Here’s the crazy part…… Continue reading