Mardi Gras Indians

The tradition of the Mardi Gras Indians dates back to the 1700s, and has evolved to be an integral part of New Orleans history, music, & culture. The tribes spend countless hours and resources hand-sewing beads, ribbon, and ostrich plumes to make a “new suit” for each member every year, revealed on Mardi Gras Day. These elaborate garments, known as “suits” spark great artistry, craftsmanship, and competition between the tribes. The culture of the Mardi Gras Indians incorporates song, dance, craftsmanship, and heritage in a way that is uniquely New-Orleanian.

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