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Keith Weldon Medley

Mardi Gras Mambo

Mardi Gras Mambo
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Published by New Orleans Tribune VOl. 5 No. 2
February, 1989
"la Folie Donne partout l'hereux signal! Banissons la melancolie: Voici le temps du Carnaval" Armand Lanusse Les Cenelles - 1845 ..................... This February 7, while the rest of America wallows in the blue funk between Christmas holidays and springtime, New Orleans will host the biggest, longest-lasting and oldest party in North America. By 9:30 a.m. when New Yorkers are having coffee breaks, we are sipping wine and toasting Zulu. That evening, while Atlantans snarl at each other in rush-hour traffic, we merrily dance our way through major intersections with Mardi Gras Indians. And that night, while America sleeps after a humdrum work-a-day Tuesday, our hobbled legs, bleary eyes, and hoarse throats are finding their way home and back out again, sloshing through the beer cans, the hoops and howls, and the unabashed revelry of the last day of a Carnival season already filled with balls, masquerade parties, and two weeks of parades. And we do not boogie alone. In Rio, and in the streets of the Carribean islands of Trinidad and Haiti, others join in the annual winter celebration known as "Carnival." For all of its frivolity, Carnival is a day that Blacks in New Orleans have long celebrated. Slavery, Reconstruction, and Jim Crow have come and gone, but Carnival Day is still one of the many customs we share with our earliest foreparents.
Americana , History
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